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Superior emotional regulating effects of creative cognitive reappraisal
Wu, Xiaofei1; Guo, Tingting2; Tan, Tengteng1; Zhang, Wencai2; Qin, Shaozheng3; Fan, Jin4; Luo, Jing1
First AuthorWu, Xiaofei
Correspondent (j. luo)
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Although the effects of cognitive reappraisal in regulating negative emotion are generally well documented, its regulatory effects are usually not very strong because the ordinary reappraisals employed in previous studies were insufficient to overcome the mental set or response bias toward negative situations. In this study, we developed a new strategy employing creative reappraisals that provides an insightful reinterpretation of the negative stimulus. We believe this approach, through adopting a guided (creative) reappraisal rather than self-generation strategy, will greatly improve the emotion regulation effect of reappraisal through activating the neural networks representing the process of deep and structural mental representational change accompanied by the feeling of positive emotion and mental reward. The behavioral results suggested that 1) regarding the transient regulatory effect, creative reappraisal resulted in a positive rating for standardized negative pictures; 2) creative reappraisal had a long-lasting effect in reducing negative affect. In parallel with these behavioral results, the imaging data indicated that 1) creative reappraisal was specifically associated with greater engagement of the amygdala and hippocampus as well as regions in the ventral striatum, and 2) the engagement of the amygdala predicted the transient regulatory effect of creative reappraisal, while the involvement of the hippocampus and the ventral striatum predicted long-term regulatory effects. These findings suggest that the superior regulatory effect of creative reappraisal could be mediated by amygdala-based salient emotional arousal, hippocampus-based new association formation, and striatum-based mental rewarding to lead to a novel and positive experience that could be kept in long-term memory. This research indicates the key role of creative insight in reappraisal and presents a novel and highly efficient reappraisal strategy.

KeywordAmygdala Hippocampus Creativity Cognitive reappraisal Emotional regulation Negative stimulus
Source PublicationNEUROIMAGE
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Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[31871093] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31671124] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[31271079] ; Capacity Building for Sci-Tech Innovation-Fundamental Scientific Research Funds[025-185305000] ; Beijing Municipal Commission of Education[TJSH2016002801] ; Beijing Brain Initiative of Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
WOS SubjectNeurosciences ; Neuroimaging ; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
WOS IDWOS:000481579300046
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Document Type期刊论文
Corresponding AuthorLuo, Jing
Affiliation1.Capital Normal Univ, Dept Psychol, Collaborat Innovat Ctr Capital Educ Dev, Beijing Key Lab Learning & Cognit, Beijing 100048, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Key Lab Mental Hlth, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Beijing Normal Univ, IDG McGovern Inst Brain Res, State Key Lab Cognit Neurosci & Learning, Beijing 100875, Peoples R China
4.CUNY Queens Coll, Dept Psychol, Flushing, NY 11367 USA
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Wu, Xiaofei,Guo, Tingting,Tan, Tengteng,et al. Superior emotional regulating effects of creative cognitive reappraisal[J]. NEUROIMAGE,2019,200:540-551.
APA Wu, Xiaofei.,Guo, Tingting.,Tan, Tengteng.,Zhang, Wencai.,Qin, Shaozheng.,...&Luo, Jing.(2019).Superior emotional regulating effects of creative cognitive reappraisal.NEUROIMAGE,200,540-551.
MLA Wu, Xiaofei,et al."Superior emotional regulating effects of creative cognitive reappraisal".NEUROIMAGE 200(2019):540-551.
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