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Emotional valence of stories and ToM

Ulrike eAltmann; Ulrike eAltmann; Isabel C Bohrn; Isabel C Bohrn; Oliver eLubrich; Oliver eLubrich; Winfried eMenninghaus; Winfried eMenninghaus; Arthur M Jacobs; Arthur M Jacobs; ...
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2012 Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, volume 6 (issn: 1662-5161, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
The comprehension of stories requires the reader to imagine the cognitive and affective states of the characters. The content of many stories is unpleasant, as they often deal with conflict, disturbance or crisis. Nevertheless, unpleasant stories can be liked and enjoyed. In this fMRI study, we used a parametric approach to examine (1) the capacity of increasing negative valence of story contents to activate the mentalizing network (cognitive and affective theory of mind, ToM), and (2) the neural substrate of liking negatively valenced narratives. A set of 80 short narratives was compiled, ranging from neutral to negative emotional valence. For each story mean r...
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free text keywords: Neuroscience, emotion, empathy, fMRI, liking, literature, reading, theory of mind, 830 German & related literatures, 430 German & related languages, Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, RC321-571, 430 German & related languages, 830 German & related literatures, Biological Psychiatry, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Mental health, Original Research Article, Comprehension, Cognition, Social psychology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Mentalization, Cognitive psychology, Neural substrate, Affect (psychology), Psychology, Valence (psychology)
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