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Neuroreport. 2008 May 7;19(7):777-81. doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282fe2071.

Chronometric features of processing unpleasant stimuli: a functional MRI-based transcranial magnetic stimulation study.

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  • 1Psychiatric University Hospital, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

The quick identification of potentially threatening events is a crucial cognitive capacity to survive in a changing environment. Previous functional MRI data revealed the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the region of the left intraparietal sulcus (IPS) to be involved in the perception of emotionally negative stimuli. For assessing chronometric aspects of emotion processing, we applied transcranial magnetic stimulation above these areas at different times after negative and neutral picture presentation. An interference with emotion processing was found with transcranial magnetic stimulation above the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex 200-300 ms and above the left intraparietal sulcus 240/260 ms after negative stimuli. The data suggest a parallel and conjoint involvement of prefrontal and parietal areas for the identification of emotionally negative stimuli.

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