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Relative shifts in frontal alpha asymmetry and the transformation of evaluative functions

Amd, Micah (2014) Relative shifts in frontal alpha asymmetry and the transformation of evaluative functions. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68 (4). p. 255. ISSN 1196-1961

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Recent studies have demonstrated evaluative functions transform across relational networks along electrophysiological, self-reported and “implicit” measures of verbal behavior. The current experiment expands on this work by presenting the subjects’ own name(s) and face(s) as compounded member(s) within a seven-member comparative network, where X>happy A>happy B >happy OWN-NAME>happy D>happy E>happy Y. Following tests for mutual and combinatorial entailment, baseline vs. post-relational comparisons demonstrated that evaluations of formerly novel stimuli transformed significantly in the predicted directions. Specifically, stimulus A was consistently responded to as happier-than stimulus E relative to baseline across all levels of observation, with the valences of intermediate (i.e., non-anchored) members falling along the predicted 'valence' gradient. Interestingly, only the valence of the 'self' (C') stimulus appeared unaffected by the contextually-controlled conditional discrimination training and testing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Micah Ahmad
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 23:19
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 23:19

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