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Taking Familiar Others’ Perspectives to Regulate Our Own Emotion : An Event-Related Potential Study (2019)

Lei, Y., Wang, Y., Wang, C., Wang, J., Lou, Y., & Li, H. (2019). Taking Familiar Others’ Perspectives to Regulate Our Own Emotion : An Event-Related Potential Study. Frontiers in psychology, 10, Article 1419. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01419

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Lei, Yi; Wang, Yajie; Wang, Chaolun; Wang, Jinxia; Lou, Yixue; Li, Hong

Journal or series: Frontiers in psychology

eISSN: 1664-1078

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 10

Article number: 1419

Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01419

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/65765


Current research on emotion regulation has mainly focused on Gross’s cognitive strategies
for regulating negative emotion; however, little attention has been paid to whether social
cognitive processes can be used to regulate both positive and negative emotions.
We considered perspective-taking as an aspect of social cognition, and investigated
whether it would affect one’s own emotional response. The present study used a block
paradigm and event-related potential (ERP) technology to explore this question.
A 3 (perspective: self vs. pessimistic familiar other vs. optimistic familiar other) × 3 (valence:
positive vs. neutral vs. negative) within-group design was employed. Thirty-six college
students participated and considered their own or target others’ feelings about pictures
with different valences. Results showed that positive emotional responses were more
neutral under a pessimistic familiar other perspective, and more positive under an optimistic
familiar other perspective, and vice versa for negative emotional responses. In ERP results,
compared with a self-perspective, taking familiar others’ perspectives elicited reductions
in P3 (370–410 ms) and LPP (400–800 ms) difference waves. These findings suggested
that taking a pessimistic or optimistic familiar other perspective affects emotion regulation
by changing later processing of emotional information.

Keywords: brain research; emotions; social cognition

Free keywords: perspective-taking; emotion regulation; positive emotion; familiar other; event related potential

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Reporting Year: 2019

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