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ERIC Number: EJ746548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-006X
Neural Correlates of Posttraumatic Growth after Severe Motor Vehicle Accidents
Rabe, Sirko; Zollner, Tanja; Maercker, Andreas; Karl, Anke
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v74 n5 p880-886 Oct 2006
Frontal brain asymmetry has been associated with emotion- and motivation-related constructs. The authors examined the relationship between frontal brain asymmetry and subjective perception of posttraumatic growth (PTG) after severe motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). Eighty-two survivors of MVAs completed self-report measures of PTG, trait and state affect, and diagnostic interviews assessing clinical status, and underwent measurement of resting electroencephalographic activity. As predicted, increased relative left frontal activation was significantly related to PTG, even when statistically controlling for dispositional positive affect. The authors assume that approach-related motivational tendencies associated with higher relative left frontal brain activity may be involved in the process and outcome of PTG.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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