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  Endogenous emotion generation ability is associated with the capacity to form multimodal internal representations

Engen, H. G., Kanske, P., & Singer, T. (2018). Endogenous emotion generation ability is associated with the capacity to form multimodal internal representations. Scientific Reports, 8: 1953. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20380-7.

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Engen, Haakon G.1, 2, Author              
Kanske, Philipp1, 3, Author              
Singer, Tania1, Author              
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1Department Social Neuroscience, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634552              
2MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
3Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Training the capacity to self-generate emotions can be a potent “vaccine” against negative stressors and be an effective intervention for affective psychopathology. However, due to a lack of knowledge about sources of individual differences in generation abilities, it is unclear how to optimally design such interventions. We investigated one potential source of variation, namely preference for using different information modalities (Visual Imagery, Auditory Imagery, Bodily Interoception, and Semantic Analysis). A representative sample of 293 participants self-induced positive and negative emotional states, freely choosing to use these modalities singly or in combination. No evidence was found for modality usage being associated with differential efficacy at generating of positive or negative emotion. Rather, usage of all modalities (except Auditory Imagery) predicted success at generation of both positive and negative emotional states. Increasing age predicted capacity to generate, especially negative, emotions. While no specific combinations of modalities were superior, the overall degree to which participants adopted multimodal implementations did predict generation efficacy. These findings inform interventions aimed at improving emotional self-generation, suggesting these must be mindful of individual differences in generation abilities and implementation tendencies, and that they should focus on enhancing the capacity to use multiple modalities.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-10-042018-01-172018-01-31
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20380-7
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PMC: PMC5792544
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Project name : Plasticity of the Empathic Brain: Structural and Functional MRI Studies on the Effect of Empathy Training on the Human Brain and Prosocial Behaviour / EMPATHICBRAIN
Grant ID : 205557
Funding program : Funding Programme 7
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)
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Funding organization : Max Planck Society

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Title: Scientific Reports
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 8 Sequence Number: 1953 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 2045-2322
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