Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Thinking about the past to shape the present : neural activation during the recall of relationship episodes
Authors: Wade-Bohleber, L.M.
Boeker, H.
Ernst, J.
Grimm, S.
Brügger, N.
Berwian, I.M.
Vetter, J.
Preller, K.H.
Himmighoffen, H.
Kleim, B.
Seifritz, E.
Richter, A.
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2018.08.001
Published in: Behavioural Brain Research
Volume(Issue): 359
Page(s): 783
Pages to: 791
Issue Date: Feb-2019
ISSN: 0166-4328
Language: English
Subjects: Autobiographical recall; Functional magnetic resonance imaging; Self- and other-referencing; Interpersonal relation
Subject (DDC): 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Reflecting on oneself and others in relationships is an ability that is central to our social existence. Specifically, considering formative autobiographical experiences in relationships may contribute to more flexibility in perceiving, as well as in shaping present relationships. Reflecting on such experiences mobilizes different social cognitive and affective processes. We aim to explore the neural basis of these processes. With a newly developed functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) task, we investigated brain activation in 35 healthy individuals during recall of relationship episodes involving themselves or others. We found that recalling formative episodes involving themselves modulated brain activity in the right parahippocampus, left precuneus, bilateral fusiform gyrus, bilateral insula, and left presupplementary motor area. These areas are involved in memory processes, self-generated thought, and affective experience. The recall of relationship episodes involving others led to similar activation patterns. Our results underscore the close link between self-reflection, understanding others, and memory processes and emphasize the role of affective dimensions for self-relevant experiences. They contribute to a growing body of research on neural mechanisms involved in complex social cognitive processes decisive for our capacity to navigate our social environment.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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