Variations in the regulation of affective neural responses across three cultures.

Ryan S. Hampton, Jung Yul Kwon, Michael E.W. Varnum

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In the present research, we assessed the effects of culture on the ability to regulate affective neural responses. Using an event-related potential design focusing on the centroparietal late positive potential (LPP), we found that cultural groups differed in their ability to intentionally regulate these responses. As a group, European Americans demonstrated successful up-regulation of the LPP in response to positive and negative valence images, as did participants from Mexican cultural backgrounds who also showed successful down-regulation of the LPP in response to positive valence images. As a group, participants from Chinese cultural backgrounds did not show evidence of successful up- or down-regulation of LPP responses. This work confirms and extends preliminary findings of cultural variation in emotion regulation abilities. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-296
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • cultural neuroscience
  • culture
  • emotion regulation
  • event-related potentials
  • late positive potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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