Can a bump on the head make it harder for us to understand other peoples’ emotions?

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You had a head trauma a few years ago but haven’t given it much thought. You notice that you are unable to socialize like you used to because you can’t understand others’ emotions properly, but you don’t know why! “Is it me?” you might ask. Well, it could be, but it could also be due to that head trauma you once had.

Generally, people don’t recognize that closed head injury could be serious and might have long-lasting consequences. Closed-head injuries can range from mild injuries to debilitating brain injuries and can lead to severe brain damage or even death. Diffuse axonal injury (or DAI) is a type of closed head injury with widespread damage to brain white matter tracts resulting from sudden physical forces that shear the connections between grey and white matter junctions. It is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury. White matter injuries are not limited to those with head trauma only, such injuries can occur in several situations. Even shaking your baby vigorously or forcefully hitting them on the head might lead to white matter injuries (See Shaken baby syndrome). This is aside from several closed head injuries such as sports injuries affecting athletes or blast injuries affecting veterans.

Obvious symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting aside, social interaction deficits could also result from certain head injuries like DAI. One such deficit is not being able to recognize facial emotions properly. This is important because if someone is having difficulty recognizing other people’s facial emotions, then it would be harder for them to understand a given social situation. The reason being that we depend much more on non-verbal cues than on verbal ones, especially faces, to understand others’ emotions and what they are trying to convey.

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