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Neurosci Lett. 2013 Aug 29;550:109-14. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2013.06.047. Epub 2013 Jul 8.

Individuals' attentional bias toward an envied target's name: an event-related potential study.

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School of Psychology and Cognitive Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China.

Abstract

Individuals may pay more attention to information about envied targets. Thus, we further investigate the neural correlates underlying the cognitive processing of envy-related stimuli. Participants read information about target persons characterized by two domains: levels of possession and self-relevance of comparison. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were then recorded for three target names (high-envy, moderate-envy, and low-envy) while participants performed a three-stimulus oddball task. The results showed that high- and moderate-envy target names elicited larger P300 amplitudes than did low-envy target names. Specifically, high-envy target names elicited larger P300 amplitudes than did low-envy target names at the left, central, and right sites; in contrast, moderate-envy target names elicited larger P300 amplitudes than did low-envy target names only at central sites. P300 amplitudes did not differ between high- and moderate-envy target names. Thus, we extend previous behavioral findings by showing that people preferentially attend toward envy-related stimuli, as reflected by enhanced P300 amplitudes.

KEYWORDS:

Attention; Envy; Event-related potential; P300

PMID:
23845697
DOI:
10.1016/j.neulet.2013.06.047
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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