Reports from Texas A&M University Highlight Recent Findings in Neuroscience (Self-affirmation enhances processing of negative stimuli among threat-prone individuals)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- Researchers detail new data in Nervous System Research - Neuroscience. According to news originating from College Station, Texas, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Self-affirmation reduces defensive responding to self-threats. The present study extended beyond self-threats to assess affirmation's influence on responses to negative emotional pictures as measured by the late positive potential (LPP), an event-related potential in the encephalogram that reflects motivational significance."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Texas A&M University, "Participants completed a trait measure of behavioral inhibition system (BIS) sensitivity. Then they affirmed (or did not affirm) a core personal value before viewing a series of emotionally evocative pictures. Affirming a core value increased LPP responses to negative emotional pictures among individuals higher in BIS. Self-affirmation thus appeared to alter the motivational significance of negative pictures among threat-prone individuals, consistent with a reduction in the defensive avoidance of aversive stimuli."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These findings suggest that affirming values may influence responses associated with basic (non-self) motivational systems among individuals sensitive to threat."
For more information on this research see: Self-affirmation enhances processing of negative stimuli among threat-prone individuals. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2018;13(6):569-577. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience - scan.oxfordjournals.org)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A.J. Finley, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States. Additional authors for this research include A.L. Crowell and B.J Schmeichel (see also Nervous System Research - Neuroscience).
The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsy036. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
The publisher's contact information for the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience is: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England.
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