Behavioral activation sensitivity and resting frontal EEG asymmetry: Covariation of putative indicators related to risk for mood disorders

Eddie Harmon-Jones, John J.B. Allen

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Abstract

Dispositional tendencies toward appetitive motivation have been hypothesized to be related to the development of psychopathology. Moreover, decreased left-frontal cortical activity has been reported in depression and has been related to low-trait positive affect and high-trait negative affect. The present study tested the hypothesis that relatively greater left- than right-frontal cortical activity would be related to heightened approach- related dispositional tendencies. Resting frontal cortical asymmetrical activity, as measured by electroencephalographic activity in the alpha band, was examined in relation to the motivational response tendencies of a behavioral activation system (BAS) and a behavioral inhibition system (BIS), as measured by C. S. Carver and T. L. White's (1994) BIS-BAS self-report questionnaire. Results supported the hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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