Olson IR, Plotzker A, Ezzyat Y. The Enigmatic temporal pole: a review of findings on social and emotional processing. Brain 130(Pt 7): 1718-1731

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 3720 Walnut Street, Room B51, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6196, USA.
Brain (Impact Factor: 9.2). 07/2007; 130(Pt 7):1718-31. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awm052
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The function of the anterior-most portion of the temporal lobes, the temporal pole, is not well understood. Anatomists have long considered it part of an extended limbic system based on its location posterior to the orbital frontal cortex and lateral to the amygdala, along with its tight connectivity to limbic and paralimbic regions. Here we review the literature in both non-human primates and humans to assess the temporal pole's putative role in social and emotional processing. Reviewed findings indicate that it has some role in both social and emotional processes, including face recognition and theory of mind, that goes beyond semantic memory. We propose that the temporal pole binds complex, highly processed perceptual inputs to visceral emotional responses. Because perceptual inputs remain segregated into dorsal (auditory), medial (olfactory) and ventral (visual) streams, the integration of emotion with perception is channel specific.

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    • "Our neuroimaging and behavioural findings support the view that involvement of the right anterior temporal lobe is responsible for the emergence of social cognition deficits in these patients (see alsoIrish et al., 2014). The functions of the right temporal lobeDownloaded from continue to be somewhat elusive to neuroscientists (Olson et al., 2007Olson et al., , 2013), with its primary role still contentious (Gainotti, 2015). Some argue that this region is necessary for representation of non-verbal information (with verbal information primarily subserved by the left temporal lobe), whilst others have suggested that the right temporal lobe is specialized for social cognition (for review of these arguments seeGainotti, 2015). "
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    • "The temporal lobe pole plays a not yet completely but probably important role in the central processing of olfactory information. A role of the temporal lobe was seen as " linking odor object representations to transmodal networks, given its anatomical proximity to olfactory and visual object processing areas " (Kasai et al., 2003;Olofsson et al., 2013;Olson et al., 2007). Lesions induced by radiation have been found to be associated with decreased olfactory function (Leyrer et al., 2014)and deficits of the temporal lobe pole in primary progressive aphasia were related to severe deficits in odor naming and matching, which would be a compatible association provided the hypothesis that distorted input from a damaged lateral orbitofrontal cortex results in the report of a wrong percep- tion. "
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    • "Consistent with this notion, activation within visual sensory, temporal, and parietal regions implicated in social-affective processing was also greater among younger adolescents during reappraisal. This included both regions implicated in the encoding of perceptual features of social stimuli (fusiform gyrus, inferior occipital)[Gauthier et al., 2000;Haxby et al., 2002]and also those involved in social perception, including thinking about another's mental state (superior temporal sulcus, lateral temporal regions, angular gyrus, and the temporal poles)[Allison et al., 2000;Olson et al., 2007;Van Overwalle and Baetens, 2009;Vigneau et al., 2006;Young et al., 2010]. Importantly, recent work has indicated that temporal cortical regions, as identified in our age-related analysis , might be particularly important to transformations of stimulus meaning that enable emotional change[Buhle et al., 2014;Ochsner et al., 2012]. "
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