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The role of language in alexithymia: moving towards a multi-route model of alexithymia

The role of language in alexithymia: moving towards a multi-route model of alexithymia

Hobson, Hannah, Brewer, Rebecca, Catmur, Caroline and Bird, Geoffrey (2019) The role of language in alexithymia: moving towards a multi-route model of alexithymia. Emotion Review, 11 (3). pp. 247-261. ISSN 1754-0739 (Print), 1754-0747 (Online) (doi:10.1177%2F1754073919838528)

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Abstract

Alexithymia is characterised by difficulty identifying and describing one’s own emotion. Identifying and describing one’s emotion involves several cognitive processes, so alexithymia may result from a number of impairments. Here we propose the alexithymia language hypothesis - the hypothesis that language impairment can give rise to alexithymia - and critically review relevant evidence from healthy populations, developmental disorders, adult-onset illness and acquired brain injury. We conclude that the available evidence is supportive of the alexithymia-language hypothesis, and therefore that language impairment may represent one of multiple routes to alexithymia. Where evidence is lacking, we outline which approaches will be useful in testing this hypothesis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alexithymia, emotion development, emotion recognition, language
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 11:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22953

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