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To investigate perceptual and neural correlates of future self-appraisals as a function of temporal distance, event-related potentials ERPs were recorded while participants 11 women, eight men made judgments about the applicability of trait adjectives to their near future selves i.e., one month from now and their distant future selves i.e., three years from now. Behavioral results indicated people used fewer positive adjectives, more negative adjectives, recalled more specific events coming to mind and felt more psychologically connected to the near future self than the distant future self. Electrophysiological results demonstrated that negative trait adjectives elicited more positive ERP deflections than did positive trait adjectives in the interval between 550 and 800 ms late positive component within the near future self condition. However, within the same interval, there were no significant differences between negative and positive traits adjectives in the distant future self condition. The results suggest that negative emotional processing in future self-appraisals is modulated by temporal distance, consistent with predictions of construal level theory.



Author: Yangmei Luo, Todd Jackson, Xiaogang Wang, Xiting Huang

Source: http://plos.srce.hr/



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