Beatrice de Gelder

Tilburg University

Conscious and nonconscious perception of interactive bodily emotion expressions

The amygdala is known to be an important structure in brain networks processing emotional signals. But many questions remain concerning its role in different types of emotional signals and the influence of attention or awareness and the influence of amygdala on emotion triggered adaptive action. We have shown previously that using whole body images rather than isolated facial expressions is particularly useful for bringing these non-verbal aspects to the foreground. We have recently extended investigations of bodily perception to perception of bodily interactions. This contribution will present new findings obtained with clinical groups suffering from schizophrenia, anxiety disorder or selective deficit of self recognition.