Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Better not to know? Emotion regulation fails to benefit from affective cueing
Authors: Liu, S 
Vanderhasselt, M.-A
Zhou, J 
Schirmer, A 
Goh, J.O.S
Fareri, D.S
Thurm, F
Keywords: controlled study
event related potential
human experiment
negative feedback
positive feedback
principal component analysis
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Liu, S, Vanderhasselt, M.-A, Zhou, J, Schirmer, A, Goh, J.O.S, Fareri, D.S, Thurm, F (2016). Better not to know? Emotion regulation fails to benefit from affective cueing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10 (42675) : 599. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Often we know whether an upcoming event is going to be good or bad. But does that knowledge help us regulate ensuing emotions? To address this question, we exposed participants to alleged social feedback that was either positive or negative. On half the trials, a preceding cue indicated the feedback’s affective quality. On the remaining trials, the cue was uninformative. In two different blocks, participants either appraised feedback spontaneously or down-regulated ensuing emotions using a controlled appraisal strategy. Event-related potentials (ERPs) recorded throughout both blocks revealed an increased late positive potential (LPP) during cue and feedback epochs when cues were affectively informative as compared to uninformative. Additionally, during feedback epochs only, informative, but not uninformative, cueing was associated with an appraisal effect whereby controlled appraisal reduced the LPP relative to spontaneous appraisal for negative feedback. There was an opposite trend for positive feedback. Together, these results suggest that informative cues allowed individuals to anticipate an emotional response and to adjust emotion regulation. Overall, however, informative cues seemed to have prolonged and intensified emotional responding when compared with uninformative cues. Thus, affective cueing appears to be contraindicated when individuals aim to reduce their emotions. © 2016 Liu, Vanderhasselt, Zhou and Schirmer.
Source Title: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
ISSN: 16625161
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00599
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Elements
Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
10_3389_fnhum_2016_00599.pdf2.32 MBAdobe PDF



Google ScholarTM



This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons