Explore BrainMass

Is Kluver-Bucy Syndrome an Emotional or Perceptual Deficit?

Original student question:

When monkeys with Kluver-Bucy syndrome pick up lighted matches and snakes, I don't know whether they are displaying an emotional deficit or an inability to identify the object. What kind of research method might help answer this question?

Solution Preview

One way of answering this question is to the view the entire behavioural spectrum of the animal and deriving conclusions from that. The syndrome is also associated with flat emotionality in general, and lack of response to dangerous or other emotionally ...

Solution Summary

Brief discussion of whether Kluver-Bucy syndrome is primarily due to a cognitive/perceptual or emotional impairment. Also proposed experimental design for how to test this question is discussed briefly.