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Neurology. 2004 Nov 9;63(9):1740-3.

The autonomic and behavioral profile of emotional dysregulation.

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Department of Neurology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-1207, USA.


The authors describe a patient with focal brain atrophy and emotional lability characterized by episodes of excessive crying and laughing. The patient was selectively impaired in the production of voluntary complex facial movements and was unable to regulate her emotional behavior and autonomic reactivity. She also displayed increased behavioral and autonomic changes when explicitly trying to suppress her responses to emotional stimuli (compared with when not trying to regulate her responses). This pattern of deficits supports a selective deficit in voluntary emotional control.

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