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Imbalance between Emotionally Negative and Positive Life Events Retrieval and the Associated Asymmetry of Brain Activity

Department of Psychology and Pedagogic, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Novosibirsk 630073, Russia
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10010018
Received: 19 November 2019 / Revised: 21 December 2019 / Accepted: 28 December 2019 / Published: 30 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue XVI European Congress of Psychology)
Sustained focusing on a negative assessment of life events can create negative background and changes in the emotional feedback to new information. In this regard, it is important to assess the balance between self-assessment of emotional memories and their reflection in brain activity. The study was aimed at exploring the brain activity using electroencephalographic (EEG) analysis in six frequency ranges from delta to beta2 during the retrieval of positive or negative emotional memory compared with the resting state. According to ANOVA results, the most informative for differentiation of emotions were the alpha2 and beta2 rhythms with greater synchronization effect for positive than for negative emotions. The memory retrieval, regardless of the valence of emotions, was accompanied by alpha1 desynchronization at the posterior cortex. Self-assessment of the memory intensity was not significantly different due to emotion valences. However, the scores of positive emotions were related positively with beta2 oscillations at the left anterior temporal site, whereas for negative emotions, at the right one. Thus, the emotional autobiographical memory is reflected by activation processes in the visual cortex and areas associated with multimodal information processing, whereas differentiation of the valence of emotions is presented by the high-frequency oscillations at the temporal cortex areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotion; autobiographical memory; electroencephalography; cortical areas; brain oscillations emotion; autobiographical memory; electroencephalography; cortical areas; brain oscillations
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Razumnikova, O.; Khoroshavtseva, E. Imbalance between Emotionally Negative and Positive Life Events Retrieval and the Associated Asymmetry of Brain Activity. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 18.

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