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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-36659

Kaffenberger, Tina; Brühl, Annette Beatrix; Baumgartner, Thomas; Jäncke, Lutz; Herwig, Uwe (2010). Negative bias of processing ambiguously cued emotional stimuli. NeuroReport, 21(9):601-605.

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Daily we cope with upcoming potentially disadvantageous events. Therefore, it makes sense to be prepared for the worst case. Such a ‘pessimistic’ bias is reflected in brain activation during emotion processing. Healthy individuals underwent functional neuroimaging while viewing emotional stimuli that were earlier cued ambiguously or unambiguously concerning their emotional valence. Presentation of ambiguously announced pleasant pictures compared with unambiguously announced pleasant pictures resulted in increased activity in the ventrolateral prefrontal, premotor and temporal cortex, and in the caudate nucleus. This was not the case for the respective negative conditions. This indicates that pleasant stimuli after ambiguous cueing provided ‘unexpected’ emotional input, resulting in the adaptation of brain activity. It strengthens the hypothesis of a ‘pessimistic’ bias of brain activation toward ambiguous emotional events.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 13:33
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:17
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Additional Information:This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in: Kaffenberger, T; Brühl, A B; Baumgartner, T; Jäncke, L; Herwig, U (2010). Negative bias of processing ambiguously cued emotional stimuli. NeuroReport, 21(9):601-605.
Publisher DOI:10.1097/WNR.0b013e328337ff18

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