Neural systems for recognition of emotional prosody: a 3-D lesion study

Emotion. 2002 Mar;2(1):23-51. doi: 10.1037/1528-3542.2.1.23.


Which brain regions are associated with recognition of emotional prosody? Are these distinct from those for recognition of facial expression? These issues were investigated by mapping the overlaps of co-registered lesions from 66 brain-damaged participants as a function of their performance in rating basic emotions. It was found that recognizing emotions from prosody draws on the right frontoparietal operculum, the bilateral frontal pole, and the left frontal operculum. Recognizing emotions from prosody and facial expressions draws on the right frontoparietal cortex, which may be important in reconstructing aspects of the emotion signaled by the stimulus. Furthermore, there were regions in the left and right temporal lobes that contributed disproportionately to recognition of emotion from faces or prosody, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arousal / physiology
  • Brain Damage, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Brain Mapping
  • Discrimination Learning / physiology*
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Emotions / classification
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Facial Expression*
  • Female
  • Frontal Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Occipital Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Parietal Lobe / physiopathology*
  • Speech Acoustics*
  • Speech Perception / physiology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed