Access to deductive logic depends on a right ventromedial prefrontal area devoted to emotion and feeling: Evidence from a training paradigm
NeuroImage. 2001-12-01; 14(6): 1486-1492
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1. Neuroimage. 2001 Dec;14(6):1486-92.
Access to deductive logic depends on a right ventromedial prefrontal area devoted
to emotion and feeling: evidence from a training paradigm.
Houdé O(1), Zago L, Crivello F, Moutier S, Pineau A, Mazoyer B, Tzourio-Mazoyer
(1)Groupe d’Imagerie Neurofonctionnelle, UMR 6095, CNRS, CEA, Université de Caen,
14000 Caen, France.
Does the human capacity for access to deductive logic depend on emotion and
feeling? With positron emission tomography, we compared the brain networks
recruited by two groups of subjects who were either able or not able to shift
from errors to logical responses in a deductive reasoning task. They were scanned
twice while performing the same task, before and after a training session. The
error-to-logical shift occurred in a group that underwent logicoemotional
training but not in the other group, trained in logic only-a « cold » kind of
training. The intergroup comparison pointed out that access to deductive logic
involved a right ventromedial prefrontal area known to be devoted to emotion and
Copyright 2001 Academic Press.
PMID: 11707105 [Indexed for MEDLINE]