Tympanic membrane temperature, hemispheric activity, and affect: Evidence for a modest relationship

Ruth E. Propper, Ashley Januszewski, Tad T. Brunyé, Stephen D. Christman

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Abstract

Tympanic membrane temperature (TMT) offers a methodologically simple and noninvasive means to provide a physiological measure of hemispheric activation, although the mechanisms by which it may be related to hemispheric activity are not completely known. Here, the authors examined TMT at baseline and after a mood-induction protocol. They replicate baseline associations between increased absolute difference between left and right TMT and increased anger, and found evidence for a link between increased TMT and increased ipsilateral hemispheric activation after mood-induction. They also found tentative evidence for the existence of right-lateralized emotional hyperthermia after mood-induction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-204
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Sep 2013

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