Reference : Neural Correlates of Envisioning Emotional Events in the near and Far Future
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/3576
Neural Correlates of Envisioning Emotional Events in the near and Far Future
English
D'Argembeau, Arnaud mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychopathologie cognitive >]
Xue, Gui [University of Southern California > Department of Psychology > > >]
Lu, Zhong-Lin [University of Southern California > Department of Psychology > > >]
Van der Linden, Martial mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences cognitives > Psychopathologie cognitive >]
Bechara, Antoine [University of Southern California > Department of Psychology > > >]
1-Mar-2008
NeuroImage
40
1
398-407
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1053-8119
[en] future thinking ; emotion ; temporal distance ; medial prefrontal cortex ; fMRI
[en] Being able to envision emotional events that might happen in the future has a clear adaptive value. This study addressed the functional neuroanatomy of this process and investigated whether it is modulated by temporal distance. Participants imagined positive and negative events pertaining to the near future or far future while their brain activity was measured with fMRI. The results demonstrate that the anterior part of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) was more active in envisioning emotional events in the far future than in the near future, whereas the caudate nucleus was engaged in envisioning emotional (especially positive) situations in the near future. We argue that the anterior part of the vmPFC might assign emotional values to mental representations of future events that pertain to long-term goals. On the other hand, the caudate might support more concrete simulations of action plans to achieve rewarding situations in the near future.
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/3576
10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.025
The original publication is available at www.elsevier.com

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