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Front Psychiatry. 2010 Nov 22;1:140. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2010.00140. eCollection 2010.

Personality goes a long a way: an interhemispheric connectivity study.

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  • 1Department of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University Utrecht, Netherlands.

Abstract

Throughout the development of psychology the delineation of personality has played a central role. Together with the NEO-PI-R, a questionnaire derived from the Five Factor Model of Personality, and recent advances in research technology it is now possible to investigate the relationship between personality features and neurophysiological brain processes. The NEO-FFI, the short version of the NEO-PI-R, reliably measures five main personality traits: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to experience, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. As behavior and some psychiatric disorders have been related to interhemispheric connectivity, the present study used the combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG) to measure frontal interhemispheric connectivity and its association with personality as indexed by the NEO-FFI. Results demonstrated that prefrontal interhemispheric connectivity between the left and right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex correlates with Agreeableness in healthy subjects. This is the first study to relate personality features to interhemispheric connectivity through TMS-EEG and suggests that Agreeableness relates to the effectiveness of prefrontal communication between hemispheres.

KEYWORDS:

NEO-PI-R; agreeableness; electroencephalography; interhemispheric connectivity; transcranial magnetic stimulation

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PMC3059614
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