Lateralisation of self-esteem: An investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test

Ryan McKay, Joanne Arciuli, Alikki Russell, Elaine Bennett, Elisabeth Pheils

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Introduction: Self-esteem is one of the most prominent and influential constructs in psychological science, yet very few neuropsychological/neuroscientific investigations have been undertaken in this area of research. The current study investigated the possibility of hemispheric lateralisation of self-esteem.Methods: By creating an auditory version of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) for self-esteem, we were able to present stimuli dichotically and thereby compare left-versus right-hemispheric measurements of self-esteem in 46 healthy adults.Results: Although left- and right-hemispheric self-esteem measurements were correlated, within-participant analysis revealed that self-esteem levels (as reflected by IAT score) were significantly greater when elicited under right-ear pressentation (reflecting left hemispheric processing).Conclusions: We interpret this asymmetry with reference to the approach-withdrawal model of emotion processing and suggest avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalCortex
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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McKay, Ryan ; Arciuli, Joanne ; Russell, Alikki ; Bennett, Elaine ; Pheils, Elisabeth. / Lateralisation of self-esteem : An investigation using a dichotically presented auditory adaptation of the Implicit Association Test. In: Cortex. 2010 ; Vol. 46, No. 3. pp. 367-373.
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In: Cortex, Vol. 46, No. 3, 2010, p. 367-373.

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