A brief summary of current research.
McLellan, T & McKinlay, A. Brain Injury Vol. 27 (9), pp 1032–1037.
In this study, researchers worked with adults who had experienced a traumatic brain injury during childhood to better understand how their TBIs impacted their perception of emotion. The authors found a correlation between severity of injury and sensitivity to emotion – individuals with moderate or severe TBI were less sensitive to emotion than those with mild TBI. The researchers concluded that the deficits associated with a TBI sustained in childhood are long-lasting, and that early intervention to improve emotional sensitivity might also improve the long-term quality of social interactions.