The hypothesis that alexithymia reflects a functional disconnection between the two cerebral hemispheres was examined in 25 male combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Multiple regression analysis revealed that the efficiency of interhemispheric communication, evaluated with a tactile finger localization task, was a significant predictor of the degree of alexithymia, as measured by the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, independent of PTSD severity and IQ. The PTSD subjects without alexithymia did not differ on the finger localization task from 10 male control subjects without alexithymia. These data suggest that at least some forms of alexithymia may be mediated by an interhemispheric communication deficit.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health