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Klüver-Bucy syndrome


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A syndrome resulting from bilateral damage to the temporal lobes of the brain, characterized by increased and indiscriminate sexual activity, excessive oral behaviour, visual agnosia (see under agnosia), and hypermetamorphosis. See also herpes simplex encephalitis. [Named after the US-based German psychologist Heinrich Klüver (1898–1979) and the US neurosurgeon Paul Clancy Bucy (1904–92) who first described the condition in monkeys following surgical removal of the temporal lobes]

Subjects: Psychology.


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