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Reappraisal writing relieves social anxiety and may be accompanied by changes in frontal alpha asymmetry
Wang, Fen1,2,3; Wang, Changming1,2,4,5,6; Yin, Qin1,2,3; Wang, Kui7; Li, Dongdong1,2,3; Mao, Mengchai1,2,3; Zhu, Chaozhe1,2,3; Huang, Yuxia1,2,3
2015-10-21
Source PublicationFRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN1664-1078
SubtypeArticle
Volume6
AbstractIt is widely reported that expressive writing can improve mental and physical health. However, to date, the neural correlates of expressive writing have not been reported. The current study examined the neural electrical correlates of expressive writing in a reappraisal approach. Three groups of participants were required to give a public speech. Before speaking, the reappraisal writing group was asked to write about the current stressful task in a reappraisal manner. The irrelevant writing group was asked to write about their weekly plan, and the non writing group did not write anything. It was found that following the experimental writing manipulation, both reappraisal and irrelevant writing conditions decreased self-reported anxiety levels. But when re-exposed to the stressful situation, participants in the irrelevant writing group showed increased anxiety levels, while anxiety levels remained lower in the reappraisal group. During the experimental writing manipulation period, participants in the reappraisal group had lower frontal alpha asymmetry scores than those in the irrelevant writing group. However, following re-exposure to stress, participants in the reappraisal group showed higher frontal alpha asymmetry scores than those in the irrelevant writing group. Self reported anxiety and frontal alpha asymmetry of the non-writing condition did not change significantly across these different stages. It is noteworthy that expressive writing in a reappraisal style seems not to be a fast acting treatment but may instead take effect in the long run.
Keywordexpressive writing reappraisal emotion regulation EEG mental health
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000363937100001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/15312
Collection中国科学院心理健康重点实验室
Affiliation1.Beijing Normal Univ, State Key Lab Cognit Neurosci & Learning, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
2.Beijing Normal Univ, IDG McGovem Inst Brain Res, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
3.Beijing Normal Univ, Ctr Collaborat & Innovat Brain & Learning Sci, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
4.Capital Med Univ, Beijing Anding Hosp, Beijing, Peoples R China
5.Beijing Key Lab Mental Disorders, Beijing, Peoples R China
6.Beijing Inst Brain Disorders, Beijing, Peoples R China
7.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Wang, Fen,Wang, Changming,Yin, Qin,et al. Reappraisal writing relieves social anxiety and may be accompanied by changes in frontal alpha asymmetry[J]. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,2015,6.
APA Wang, Fen.,Wang, Changming.,Yin, Qin.,Wang, Kui.,Li, Dongdong.,...&Huang, Yuxia.(2015).Reappraisal writing relieves social anxiety and may be accompanied by changes in frontal alpha asymmetry.FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY,6.
MLA Wang, Fen,et al."Reappraisal writing relieves social anxiety and may be accompanied by changes in frontal alpha asymmetry".FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 6(2015).
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