Emotional action control: The role of serotonin in health and disease
New York, NY : Oxford University Press
InMiu, A.C; Homberg, J.R.; Lesch, K.P. (ed.), Genes, brain, and emotions: Interdisciplinary and translational perspectives, pp. 129-143
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PI Group Motivational & Cognitive Control
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PI Group Affective Neuroscience
Miu, A.C; Homberg, J.R.; Lesch, K.P. (ed.), Genes, brain, and emotions: Interdisciplinary and translational perspectives
Subject170 000 Motivational & Cognitive Control; 230 Affective Neuroscience; Experimental Psychopathology and Treatment; Neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology; Neuro- en revalidatiepsychologie
Adequate control over emotions and emotional actions is essential for adaptive responding in social and emotional situations, and is critically impaired in various forms of human psychopathology. Variations of the serotonergic system have been associated with variations in action control during emotional and valence specific situations. The present chapter reviews effects of those (genetic) variations on two important aspects of emotional action control: inhibition of action and overriding emotional action tendencies with another action. The chapter discusses literature with regards to emotion action control in general as well as its relation to the serotonergic system, including genetic vulnerability for psychopathologies associated with altered emotional action control. Based on the human literature in this chapter, it is hypothesized that the serotonergic system is critically involved in behavioral flexibility by facilitating inhibition of emotionally driven responses. In order to advance this emerging field of emotional action control, the chapter ends with a research agenda.
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