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MUCENECKI, Thiago Ferreira; PAGLIARIN, Karina Carlesso; CASARIN, Fabíola Schwengber  and  FONSECA, Rochele Paz. Emotional prosody assessment in adults with right brain damage. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.4, n.2, pp. 242-252. ISSN 1983-8220.

A right hemisphere brain damage can cause communicative impairments, compromising skills in discursive, pragmatic-inferential, lexical-semantic, and prosodic (at the comprehensive and expressive levels) processing. One of the sequelae which has been studied is dysprosody. However , the knowledge of the assessment instruments for its diagnosis is yet uncertain. The aim of this article is to present a systematic review on the emotional prosody assessment instruments in studies of people with right hemisphere brain damage. Abstracts were searched for in SciELO, Lilacs and PubMed databases, using the keywords "right", "hemisphere", "emotional" and "prosody". 14 studies were found only in Medline database. Most of them use experimental tasks, with standardized tests being less frequent, and six investigations were conducted by the same researcher. The relatively recent and incipient nature of the international studies on the assessment of prosodic deficits after right hemisphere brain damage must be highlighted, as well as an important national gap in this field of neuropsychological diagnosis.

Keywords : Neuropsychological Assessment; Communication; Emotional Prosody; Right Hemisphere; Right Brain Damage.

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