Emotion recognition and marital satisfaction in stroke

Lee X. Blonder, L. Creed Pettigrew, Richard J. Kryscio

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Deficits in the comprehension of facial and prosodic expressions are commonly associated with right hemisphere stroke. However, little is known regarding the impact of these disorders on social relations.We examined facial and prosodic processing, mood, and marital satisfaction in 12 right hemisphere damaged (RHD) stroke patients and nine controls. Results revealed significant impairments in the comprehension of facial expressions and prosody among RHD stroke patients. Nonparametric correlations in the RHD group showed significant associations between marital satisfaction and facial affect discrimination and matching, and nonaffective prosody discrimination. We conclude that deficits in the recognition of nonverbal expressions are associated with reduced relationship satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-642
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (R29NS29082) and by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We thank Amy Kirkpatrick Hisel and Sherry Chandler Williams for their assistance. The authors have no conflicts of interest.


  • Emotion
  • Facial expression
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Prosody
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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