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The ability to volitionally regulate emotions helps to adapt behavior to changing environmental demands and can alleviate subjective distress. We show that a cognitive strategy of detachment attenuates subjective and physiological measures of anticipatory anxiety for pain and reduces reactivity to receipt of pain itself. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we locate the potential site and source of this modulation of anticipatory anxiety in the medial prefrontal/anterior cingulate and anterolateral prefrontal cortex, respectively.

Original publication

DOI

10.1162/0898929054021184

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Cogn Neurosci

Publication Date

06/2005

Volume

17

Pages

874 - 883

Keywords

Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Anxiety, Brain Mapping, Denial, Psychological, Emotions, Female, Gyrus Cinguli, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Pain, Prefrontal Cortex, Reference Values, Volition