A short, but interesting, article discussing a part of the brain that seems to be responsible for connecting emotion to memories.
I don’t know anyone with this disease – but I know firsthand what happens when the emotion-memory process has gone haywire.
My first thought was actually my abusive father. I’m wondering if a problem in this area of the brain could also contribute to the creation of a cold, cruel psychopath. To me it seems he didn’t have human emotions at all though – none to attach to a memory in the first place. I wonder if the people with FTD in this article had the appropriate emotional response at the moment, but then can’t attach it to the memory? No time to explore that right now.
If anything, I do think I have the opposite issue with PTSD. I tend to attach very strong emotions to somewhat neutral events. But then I tend to experience strong emotions regularly. I have a big heart that I no longer mind wearing on my sleeve.
I used to think emotions were weak and girly and should be suppressed. (Gee, who taught me to think that way?) Now I know they are beautiful, and are the essence and language of our spirit. Emotions, good and bad and in between should be embraced, explored, expressed, and shared.
- Emotions can affect sound perception (thehindu.com)