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Frontal Theta Activity as an EEG Correlate of Mood-Related Emotional Processing in Dysphoria

Auteurs: Simone Messerotti Benvenuti, Rocco Mennella, Giulia Buodo, Daniela Palomba

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment | Uitgave 2/2017

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Abstract

Several studies have examined the neural correlates of mood-related emotional processing in depression, showing a greater reduction of activity in the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) in response to pleasant relative to unpleasant stimuli in depressed individuals, and the opposite pattern in healthy controls. The present study aimed at examining whether frontal theta activity—an electrophysiological measure of rACC activity—could be a reliable EEG correlate of mood-related emotional processing in individuals with dysphoria. To this end, the EEG was recorded in 27 individuals with dysphoria and 29 individuals without dysphoria during an emotional imagery task, including pleasant, neutral and unpleasant scripts. Self-reported valence, arousal and vividness, and changes in frontal theta activity were measured during the task. Frontal theta activity was more reduced from baseline to the imagery of pleasant relative to unpleasant scripts in the group with dysphoria, whereas the opposite pattern of reduction was noted in the group without dysphoria. In addition, more severe depressive symptoms were correlated with greater reduction in frontal theta activity in response to pleasant, but not neutral and unpleasant, scripts. No differences between groups in subjective ratings were noted. Consistent with the key role of rACC activity in depression-related emotional dysregulation, these findings suggest that frontal theta activity may be an EEG correlate of mood-related emotional processing in dysphoria. The current study also suggests that dysphoria is more likely to be associated with abnormal processing of pleasant rather than unpleasant stimuli.
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To control for the effects of the order of presentation of the scripts on changes in theta and alpha activity from baseline to imagery, two preliminary mixed ANOVAs were conducted including also Order as a between-subjects factor. Because we did not find any significant main effect of Order or any interaction involving Order and Category, Order was not included as a between-subjects factor in final analysis.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Frontal Theta Activity as an EEG Correlate of Mood-Related Emotional Processing in Dysphoria
Auteurs
Simone Messerotti Benvenuti
Rocco Mennella
Giulia Buodo
Daniela Palomba
Publicatiedatum
29-09-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment / Uitgave 2/2017
Print ISSN: 0882-2689
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3505
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-016-9572-8

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