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Lateralisation of self-esteem: An investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test


McKay, R; Arciuli, J; Atkinson, A; Bennett, E; Pheils, E (2010). Lateralisation of self-esteem: An investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test. Cortex, 46(3):367-373.

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Introduction: Self-esteem is one of the most prominent and influential constructs in psychological science, yet very few neuropsychological/neuroscientific investigations have been undertaken in this area of research. The current study investigated the possibility of hemispheric lateralisation of self-esteem.
Methods: By creating an auditory version of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) for self-esteem, we were able to present stimuli dichotically and thereby compare left- versus right-hemispheric measurements of self-esteem in 46 healthy adults.
Results: Although left- and right-hemispheric self-esteem measurements were correlated, withinparticipant analysis revealed that self-esteem levels (as reflected by IAT score) were significantly greater when elicited under right-ear presentation (reflecting left hemispheric processing).
Conclusions: We interpret this asymmetry with reference to the approach-withdrawal model of emotion processing and suggest avenues for future research.

Abstract

Introduction: Self-esteem is one of the most prominent and influential constructs in psychological science, yet very few neuropsychological/neuroscientific investigations have been undertaken in this area of research. The current study investigated the possibility of hemispheric lateralisation of self-esteem.
Methods: By creating an auditory version of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) for self-esteem, we were able to present stimuli dichotically and thereby compare left- versus right-hemispheric measurements of self-esteem in 46 healthy adults.
Results: Although left- and right-hemispheric self-esteem measurements were correlated, withinparticipant analysis revealed that self-esteem levels (as reflected by IAT score) were significantly greater when elicited under right-ear presentation (reflecting left hemispheric processing).
Conclusions: We interpret this asymmetry with reference to the approach-withdrawal model of emotion processing and suggest avenues for future research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:March 2010
Deposited On:22 Jul 2009 05:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:17
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0010-9452
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2009.05.004

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