Brain activity during emotion perception: The role of attachment representation

Eva M. Fraedrich, Krisztina Lakatos, Gottfried Spangler

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To examine emotional face processing in mothers of different attachment representations, event-related potentials were recorded from 16 mothers during presentation of infant emotion faces with positive, negative or neutral emotional expressions within a three-stimulus oddball paradigm, and frontal asymmetries were assessed. Insecure mothers, as compared to secure ones, showed a more pronounced negativity in the face-sensitive N170 component and a smaller N200 amplitude. Regarding the P300 component, secure mothers showed a stronger response to face stimuli than insecure mothers. No differences were found for frontal asymmetry scores. The results indicate that attachment differences may be related to neuropsychological functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-248
Number of pages18
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2010


  • Attachment representation
  • Brain activity
  • Parenting
  • Perception of emotion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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