BIS/BAS, cortical oscillations and coherence in response to emotional cues

Michela Balconi, Emma Brambilla, Luciana Falbo

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The present study explored the effect of the individual differences related to BIS and BAS (Behavioural Inhibition and Activation System) on brain oscillations, in response to appetitive and aversive emotional stimuli. EEG cortical measures (delta, theta, alpha, and gamma) were recorded, during viewing IAPS figures, that varied in terms of pleasantness and arousal. Withdrawal (BIS system) and appetitive (BAS system) behaviour showed opposite patterns of subjective responses. Also, a specific frontal network was found to be responsive to the relevance of emotional cues. Moreover an increased response for high arousing (negative and positive) stimuli in comparison with low arousing and neutral stimuli was found within the left and right frontal areas. Specifically delta and theta band have a significant role in monitoring the attentional significance of emotions. Finally, the effects of subjective evaluation and individual differences were discussed at light of the two-dimensional model of emotion processing, that is the valence and the arousing power of emotional cues.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)151-157
Numero di pagine7
RivistaBrain Research Bulletin
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009


  • Arousal
  • BIS/BAS systems
  • Brain oscillations
  • Coherence measure
  • Emotions
  • Valence


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