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Affective agnosia: a core affective processing deficit in the alexithymia spectrum

Richard D. Lane, Mark Solms, Karen L. Weihs, Alex Hishaw & Ryan Smith 

BioPsychoSocial Medicine volume 14, Article number: 20 (2020)

New Content Item (1)Affective agnosia, an impairment in knowing how one feels emotionally, has been described as an extreme deficit in the experience and expression of emotion that may confer heightened risk for adverse medical outcomes. Alexithymia, by contrast, has been proposed as an over-arching construct that includes a spectrum of deficits of varying severity, including affective agnosia at the more severe end. This perspective has been challenged by Taylor and colleagues, who argue that the concept of affective agnosia is unnecessary. The authors compare these two perspectives by highlighting areas of agreement, reasons for asserting the importance of the affective agnosia concept, errors in Taylor and colleagues’ critique, and measurement issues.

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BioPsychoSocial Medicine is the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine. It publishes peer-reviewed research that encompasses all aspects of the interrelationships between the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral factors of health and illness.

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To stimulate research in psychosomatic medicine and to enhance the submission of high quality manuscripts, BioPsychoSocial Medicine annually sponsor the "The Ikemi Award", which is presented to the first author of the best article published in the journal nominated by the award selection committee every year. 

The 2018 Ikemi Award was presented to Dr. Naoki Kodama (Department of Neurology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health) for the following article;
Neural correlates of body comparison and weight estimation in weight-recovered anorexia nervosa: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study
BioPsychoSocial Medicine volume 12, Article number: 15 (2018) 

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