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The Cerebellum in Emotions and Psychopathology

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ISBN 9781138502802
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

This groundbreaking volume examines the complex role of the cerebellum in emotional regulation and disorders that are insufficiently understood, subverting the widely held belief that the cerebellum is solely involved in balance and motor functions.

Beginning with the evolution of the cerebellum toward a structure dedicated to homeostatic regulation and socio-emotional behaviour, the book examines the growing body of evidence supporting the importance of the cerebellum in emotions, cognition and psychopathology. Going on to discuss the implications of cerebellar abnormalities, Schutter analyses groundbreaking research and explores how cerebellar abnormalities are associated with disruption in associative learning in anxiety, the pathophysiology of depression and cognitive regulation, the synchronization of information processing in schizophrenia, the aberrant connectivity patterns in Autism Spectrum Disorders and explosive forms of aggressive behaviour.

Collating pioneering research on the multifaceted role of the cerebellum, this book will be essential reading for students and researchers of neurology and psychopathology.

Table of Contents



1. Evolution and basic anatomy of the cerebellum

2. The Cerebellum Link to Motivation and Emotion

3. Disorders of fear and anxiety: A big role for the little brain?

4. The cerebellar basis of mood disorders

5. Cerebellum and affective dysmetria in schizophrenia

6. The socio-emotional cerebellum in autistic spectrum disorder

7. Emotionally explosive minds: A cerebellum-oriented theory on reactive aggression


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Dennis J.L.G. Schutter is an associate professor of experimental psychology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He is an award-winning researcher on the role of the cerebellum in motivation and emotion, and expert in non-invasive brain stimulation.