Listening to your heart and feeling yourself: effects of exposure to interoceptive signals during the ultimatum game

Lenggenhager, Bigna; Azevedo, Ruben T.; Mancini, Alessandra; Aglioti, Salvatore Maria (2013). Listening to your heart and feeling yourself: effects of exposure to interoceptive signals during the ultimatum game. Experimental brain research, 230(2), pp. 233-241. Springer Berlin Heidelberg 10.1007/s00221-013-3647-5

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The ultimatum game (UG) is commonly used to study the tension between financial self-interest and social equity motives. Here, we investigated whether experimental exposure to interoceptive signals influences participants' behavior in the UG. Participants were presented with various bodily sounds--i.e., their own heart, another person's heart, or the sound of footsteps--while acting both in the role of responder and proposer. We found that listening to one's own heart sound, compared to the other bodily sounds: (1) increased subjective feelings of unfairness, but not rejection behavior, in response to unfair offers and (2) increased the unfair offers while playing in the proposer role. These findings suggest that heightened feedback of one's own visceral processes may increase a self-centered perspective and drive socioeconomic exchanges accordingly. In addition, this study introduces a valuable procedure to manipulate online the access to interoceptive signals and for exploring the interplay between viscero-sensory information and cognition.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Research Division

UniBE Contributor:

Lenggenhager, Bigna

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0014-4819

Publisher:

Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Language:

English

Submitter:

Myriam Pyrlik

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2014 09:45

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 13:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00221-013-3647-5

PubMed ID:

23873493

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47335

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47335

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