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Front. Psychiatry | doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00466

Emotional prosody effects on verbal memory in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder

 Mario Altamura1*, Licia Santamaria1, Antonella Elia1, Eleonora Angelini1, Falvia Padalino1, Claudia Altamura1,  Caterina Padulo2,  Nicola Mammarella2, Antonello Bellomo1 and  Beth Fairfield2
  • 1Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Italy
  • 2Department of Psychological Sciences, Health and Territory, G. d'Annunzio University of Chieti and Pescara, Italy

A growing body of evidence suggests that emotional prosody influences the ability to remember verbal information. Although bipolar disorder (BD) has been shown to be associated with deficits in verbal memory and emotional processing, the relation between these processes in this population remains unclear. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the impact of emotional prosody on verbal memory in euthymic BD patients compared to controls. Participants were randomly divided into three subgroups according to different prosody listening conditions (a story read with a positive, negative, or neutral prosody) and effects on a yes–no recognition memory task were investigated. Results showed that euthymic bipolar patients remembered comparable numbers of words after listening to the story with a negative or neutral prosody but remembered fewer words after listening to the positive version compared to healthy controls. Results suggest that verbal memory is hindered in BD patients after listening to the story read with a positive prosody. This recognition bias for information with a positive prosody may lead to negative intrusive verbal memories and poor emotion regulation

Keywords: recognition, Memory, emotion, Vocal prosody, Bipolar Disorder

Received: 21 Mar 2019; Accepted: 12 Jun 2019.

Edited by:

Philipp Kanske, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Reviewed by:

Gadi Gilam, Stanford University, United States
Sarah Kittel-Schneider, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany  

Copyright: © 2019 Altamura, Santamaria, Elia, Angelini, Padalino, Altamura, Padulo, Mammarella, Bellomo and Fairfield. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Mario Altamura, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, 71121, Apulia, Italy, m_altamura@virgilio.it