Emotional processing affects movement speed

Thomas D. Hälbig, Joan C. Borod, Pasquale G. Frisina, Winona Tse, Andrei Voustianiouk, C. Warren Olanow, Jean Michel Gracies

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Emotions can affect various aspects of human behavior. The impact of emotions on behavior is traditionally thought to occur at central, cognitive and motor preparation stages. Using EMG to measure the effects of emotion on movement, we found that emotional stimuli differing in valence and arousal elicited highly specific effects on peripheral movement time. This result has conceptual implications for the emotion-motion link and potentially practical implications for neurorehabilitation and professional environments where fast motor reactions are critical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1322
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • EMG
  • Emotion
  • Movement time
  • Reaction time


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