No Risk, No Differences. Neural Correlates of Temperamental Traits Revealed Using Naturalistic fMRI Method

Maria Bierzyńska , Pamela Sobczak , Anna Kozak , Maksymilian Bielecki , Jan Strelau , Małgorzata Kossut


The main goal of this study was to identify the moderating role of temperamental traits, as defined by Strelau’s Regulative Theory of Temperament (RTT), in explaining brain activity evoked by video stimuli of varying stimulatory value. fMRI scans were performed in a group of 61 young females in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The validity of stimulus selection had been verified prior to the main study by collecting declarative measures of affective reactions, including valence, arousal, and basic emotions ratings. The choice of dynamic and complex video-stimuli allowed us to induce high levels of arousal effectively. Three categories of movies used in the experiment included neutral, low arousing, and highly arousing scenes. Movies classified into the last category depicted extreme-sport activities allowing us to confront the subjects with recordings potentially life-threatening situations. Results of the study revealed that activation of orbitofrontal cortex in highly arousing conditions is linked to the levels of activity, while traits of perseverance and emotional reactivity were negatively correlated with the BOLD signal in this structure. Low arousing movies evoked higher activation of the amygdala and left hippocampus in emotionally reactive subjects. Obtained results might be coherently interpreted in the light of RTT theory, therefore providing its first validation using functional brain imaging
Author Maria Bierzyńska
Maria Bierzyńska,,
, Pamela Sobczak (Wydział Psychologii)
Pamela Sobczak,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Anna Kozak
Anna Kozak,,
, Maksymilian Bielecki (Wydział Psychologii)
Maksymilian Bielecki,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Jan Strelau (Wydział Psychologii)
Jan Strelau,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Małgorzata Kossut (Wydział Psychologii)
Małgorzata Kossut,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesFrontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in Englishtemperament, Regulative Theory of Temperament, fMRI, dynamic stimuli, limbic system
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Oswiadczenie_M.Kossut_No Differences.pdf 17.22 KB
Score (nominal)70
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.006; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.089 (2) - 2017=2.749 (5)
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