Individual differences in emotion lateralisation and the processing of emotional information arising from social interactions

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Previous research examining the possible association between emotion lateralisation and social anxiety has found conflicting results. In this paper two studies are presented to assess two aspects related to different features of social anxiety: fear of negative evaluation (FNE) and emotion regulation. Lateralisation for the processing of facial emotion was measured using the chimeric faces test. Individuals with greater FNE were more strongly lateralised to the right hemisphere for the processing of anger, happiness and sadness; and, for the processing of fearful faces the relationship was found for females only. Emotion regulation strategies were reduced to two factors: positive strategies and negative strategies. For males, but not females, greater reported use of negative emotion strategies is associated with stronger right hemisphere lateralisation for processing negative emotions. The implications for further understanding the neuropsychological processing of emotion in individuals with social anxiety are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-111
Number of pages17
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jun 2014
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jun 2014


  • Emotion lateralisation
  • Chimeric faces
  • Fear of negative evaluation
  • Emotion regulation

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