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Cranio. 2013 Jul;31(3):202-10.

Effects of affective picture viewing on postural control in healthy male subjects.

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  • 1University G. D'Annunzio, Chieti, Ithaly.


Emotion theory holds that unpleasant events prime withdrawal actions, whereas pleasant events prime approach actions. Recent studies have suggested that passive viewing of emotion-eliciting images results in postural adjustments. The main objective of this research was to investigate the effects of emotional inputs on the postural control. Ten healthy young adults looked at a series of emotion-eliciting images while standing on a force plate. The images were taken from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS). The posture-stabilometric parameters were statistically analyzed (RM ANOVA on Ranks). The results showed that the emotional inputs might influence body balance.

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