Emotion Regulation of Others and Self

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Neurophysiology

Background

The neurophysiology arm of the study aims to answer questions pertaining to the neural and physiological underpinnings of emotion regulation. The primary research method used to answer these questions will be functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), although we will also be using skin conductance response (SCR) recording and behavioural measures.

Previous fMRI studies of emotion regulation processes such as reappraisal (Ochsner, Gross, Bunge et al., 2002) have helped to develop preliminary functional and structural models of emotion regulation (Ochsner & Gross, 2007; Thayer & Lane, 2000). As well as related processes such as empathy (e.g. Farrow, Hunter, Wilkinson et al., 2005). However this field is in its infancy.
A series of studies will be conducted over the duration of the project designed to answer central questions concerning emotion regulation.

Study Objectives

The questions that we are hoping to address initially are:

- What are the neurophysiological correlates of intrapersonal emotion regulation (i.e. regulating your own emotions)?
- What are the neurophysiological correlates of interpersonal emotion regulation (i.e. regulating someone else’s emotions)?
- What are the differences in specific strategies used to achieve regulation in each of these conditions (i.e. cognitive reappraisal v expressive suppression).

Questions that we intend to go on to answer throughout the course of the EROS project include:

- What are the neurophysiological differences between automatic emotion regulation and conscious emotion regulation?

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Outputs and Staff Profiles

Research Staff on this Project

Tom Farrow
Glyn Hallam