Negative emotional valence is associated with non-right-handedness and increased imbalance of hemispheric activation as measured by tympanic membrane temperature

Ruth E. Propper, Tad T. Brunyé, Stephen D. Christman, Jessica Bologna

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Abstract

We investigated the possibility that individual differences in hand preference influence hemispheric emotional valence asymmetries using the Profile of Mood States Short-Form (Shacham, J Pers Assess. 1983;47:305-306) as a measure of emotional valence and tympanic membrane temperature (TMT) as a measure of hemispheric activity. We replicate others' findings of increased negative valence in the non-right-handed. We further demonstrate handedness effects on the absolute difference between left and right TMT, and a positive relationship between this measure and the anger/hostility subscale of the Profile of Mood States Short Form. Findings suggest (i) negative emotional valence is associated with extreme asymmetries of cortical activation and (ii) TMT may be a simple means by which emotional state may be indicated, with increased difference between left and right TMT, suggesting increased anger/hostility. These findings offer the possibility of an exceptionally simple measure that may, in conjunction with more established techniques, offer valuable diagnostic information, particularly for disorders involving anger/hostility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-694
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume198
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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Keywords

  • Handedness
  • emotion
  • hemispheric asymmetry
  • tympanic membrane temperature

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