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

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

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    Abstract

    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 presentation (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 - 1 Mar 2010

    Keywords

    • Dichotic listening
    • Implicit processing
    • Self-concept

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