Lateralization of facial emotion processing and facial paresis in Vestibular Schwannoma patients

S.S.A.H. Blom*, H. Aarts, H.P.M. Kunst, C.C. Wever, G.R. Semin

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Objective This study investigates whether there exist differences in lateralization of facial emotion processing in patients suffering from Vestibular Schwannoma (VS) based on the presence of a facial paresis and their degree of facial functioning as measured by the House Brackmann Grading scale (HBG).Methods Forty-four VS patients, half of them with a facial paresis and half of them without a facial paresis, rated how emotive they considered images of faces showing emotion in the left versus right visual field. Stimuli consisted of faces with a neutral half and an emotional (happy or angry) half. The study had a mixed design with emotional expression (happy vs. angry) and emotional half (left vs. right visual field) of the faces as repeated measures, and facial paresis (present vs. absent) and HBG as between subjects' factors. The visual field bias was the main dependent variable.Results In line with typical findings in the normal population, a left visual field bias showed in the current sample: patients judged emotional expressions shown in the left visual field as more emotive than those shown in the right visual field. No differences in visual field bias showed based on the presence of a facial paresis nor based on patients' HBG.Conclusion VS patients show a left visual field bias when processing facial emotion. No differences in lateralization showed based on the presence of a facial paresis or on patients' HBG. Based on this study, facial paresis thus does not affect the lateralization of facial emotion processing in patients with VS.
Original languageEnglish
Article number01644
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Behavior
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • asymmetry
  • emotion expression
  • facial mimicry
  • facial paresis
  • hemispheric processing
  • paralysis
  • perception
  • quality-of-life
  • vestibular schwannoma
  • Vestibular Schwannoma

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