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CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTION: INTEGRATING THEORY AND PRACTICE
Yana Suchy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology,
Utah Brain Institute, Utah Center on Aging, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
This workshop will review five domains of emotional processing that are relevant for neuropsychological practice, including (a) the emotional trigger mechanism, (b) the reflexive emotional response, (c) the awareness and understanding of an emotional response, (d) emotional communication, and (e) emotion regulation/coping. First, the basis for the theoretical framework for each domain will be presented, consisting of an integration of functional and structural imaging, lesion, animal, and neuropsychological research, with a particular focus on neuroanatomic underpinnings and interface with cognition. Next, the workshop will examine ramifications for clinical practice, including ways in which deficits in each domain affect test performance, descriptions of relevant syndromes, as well as an overview of typical clinical populations characterized by deficiencies in a given domain. By the end of the workshop, participants will (1) be able to describe five primary domains of emotional processing and their neuroanatomic substrates, (2) be aware of clinical populations that exhibit deficits in emotional processing, and (3) understand how neurocognitive abilities and test performance are affected by strengths and weaknesses in individual domains of emotional processing.