Variations in the Regulation of Affective Neural Responses Across Three Cultures

Ryan S. Hampton, Jung Yul Kwon, Michael E.W. Varnum

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Abstract

In the present research, we assessed the effects of culture on the ability to regulate affective neural responses. Using an event-related potential design focusing on the centroparietal late positive potential (LPP), we found that cultural groups differed in their ability to intentionally regulate these responses. As a group, European Americans demonstrated successful up-regulation of the LPP in response to positive and negative valence images, as did participants from Mexican cultural backgrounds who also showed successful down-regulation of the LPP in response to positive valence images. As a group, participants from Chinese cultural backgrounds did not show evidence of successful up- or down-regulation of LPP responses. This work confirms and extends preliminary findings of cultural variation in emotion regulation abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEmotion
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Cultural neuroscience
  • Culture
  • Emotion regulation
  • ERP
  • LPP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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