Semantic Apparatus – Nostalgia enhances detection of death threat: neural and behavioral evidence

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Ziyan Yang,Constantine Sedikides,Keise Izuma,Tim Wildschut,Emiko S. Kashima,Yu L. L. Luo,Jun Chen &Huajian Cai 

An experiment examined the potency of nostalgia—a sentimental longing for one’s past—to facilitate detection of death-related stimuli, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioral techniques (i.e., judgmental accuracy, reaction times). We hypothesized and found that, at the neural level, nostalgic (relative to control) participants evinced more intense activation in right amygdala in response to death-related (vs. neutral) words. We also hypothesized and found that, at the behavioral level, nostalgic (relative to control) participants manifested greater accuracy in judging whether two death-related (vs. neutral) words belonged in the same category. Exploratory analyses indicated that nostalgic (relative to control) participants did not show faster reaction times to death-related (vs. neutral) words. In all, nostalgia appeared to aid in death threat detection. We consider implications for the relevant literatures.

Publication: Scientific Reports (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub Date: 16 June 2021 Doi:

Keywords: Cognitive neuroscience, Emotion, Human behaviour (Plenty more sections, figures and references in this article)

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