Frontal Asymmetry in an Approach-Avoidance Conflict Paradigm

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dc.contributor Cundiff, Jenny M
dc.contributor Earley, Ryan L
dc.contributor.advisor Gable, Philip A
dc.contributor.author Lacey, Micayla French
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-13T20:34:34Z
dc.date.available 2027-09-01
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.other http://purl.lib.ua.edu/182132
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0004285
dc.identifier.other Lacey_alatus_0004M_14185
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/8464
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Past work in frontal asymmetry has attempted to link greater relative right frontal asymmetry with avoidance motivation. The results of these studies have been mixed, but little of this work has accounted for motivational conflicts that may arise when attempting to manipulate motivational avoidance (Gable et al., 2018). The current study sought to disentangle the existing confound between avoidance motivation and motivational conflict. In the study, participants made percent likelihood selections for their chances of viewing a negative or positive image when they could win zero points regardless of the type of image viewed (avoidance only condition) or when they could win one, three, or six points by viewing the negative image (approach avoidance conflict conditions). Participants exhibited greater relative right frontal asymmetry while making percent likelihood selections in the approach avoidance conflict conditions relative to the avoidance only conditions. Additionally, participants exhibited greater relative right frontal asymmetry while viewing disgust images during trials with the greatest approach avoidance conflict relative to trials with the lowest approach avoidance conflict. Together, these results suggest that motivational conflict, and not avoidance motivation, is associated with greater relative right frontal activation.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Emotion
dc.subject.other Frontal Asymmetry
dc.subject.other Motivation
dc.title Frontal Asymmetry in an Approach-Avoidance Conflict Paradigm
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master’s
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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