The influence of individual differences in harm avoidance in response to aversive and attractive stimuli in the amygdalae in an event related fMRI experiment on healthy females

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Abstract

Individuals scoring high on the personality trait 'Harm avoidance' from Cloninger's biopsychological model of personality, respond more intense to aversive stimuli. In this study we investigated the response to aversive and attractive stimuli in both amygdalae of young female brains during an fMRI experiment in which the volunteers were asked to judge the stimuli to the displayed emotion. Our study showed a higher activation in the right amygdala related to higher scores on harm avoidance in response to aversive pictures. This result supports previous findings of a stronger response to aversive stimuli in individuals scoring high on harm avoidance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBHPA
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • fMRI
  • TMS

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