publication . Article . 2008

Autonomic and electrophysiological correlates of emotional intensity in older and younger adults.

Jane Dywan; Karen J. Mathewson; Becky L. Choma; Brianna Rosenfeld; Sidney J. Segalowitz;
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  • Published: 08 Apr 2008 Journal: Psychophysiology, volume 45, pages 389-397 (issn: 0048-5772, eissn: 1469-8986, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
Abstract
Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is involved in the modulation of autonomic activity, emotional responsivity, and the monitoring of goal-directed behavior. However, these functions are rarely studied together to determine how they relate or whether their pattern of relation changes with age. We recorded respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), an index of autonomic activity, error-related event related potentials (ERN/Pe), generated in ACC, and the self-reported intensity of 5 basic emotions in older and younger adults. Emotional intensity did not differ with age. The ERN/Pe and RSA were reduced with age and related specifically to sadness intensity for both groups. W...
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Medical Subject Headings: behavioral disciplines and activities
free text keywords: Experimental and Cognitive Psychology, Physiology (medical), Physiology, Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology, Vagal tone, Developmental psychology, Social psychology, Affect (psychology), Mood, Event-related potential, Sadness, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Psychology, Emotional responsivity, Anterior cingulate cortex, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Cognition
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