Violence-related PTSD and neural activation when seeing emotionally charged male-female interactions.

Moser, Dominik A; Aue, Tatjana; Suardi, Francesca; Kutlikova, Hana; Cordero, Maria I; Rossignol, Ana Sancho; Favez, Nicolas; Rusconi Serpa, Sandra; Schechter, Daniel S (2015). Violence-related PTSD and neural activation when seeing emotionally charged male-female interactions. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 10(5), pp. 645-653. Oxford University Press 10.1093/scan/nsu099

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that involves impaired regulation of the fear response to traumatic reminders. This study tested how women with male-perpetrated interpersonal violence-related PTSD (IPV-PTSD) differed in their brain activation from healthy controls (HC) when exposed to scenes of male-female interaction of differing emotional content. Sixteen women with symptoms of IPV-PTSD and 19 HC participated in this study. During magnetic resonance imaging, participants watched a stimulus protocol of 23 different 20 s silent epochs of male-female interactions taken from feature films, which were neutral, menacing or prosocial. IPV-PTSD participants compared with HC showed (i) greater dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) activation in response to menacing vs prosocial scenes and (ii) greater anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), right hippocampus activation and lower ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) activty in response to emotional vs neutral scenes. The fact that IPV-PTSD participants compared with HC showed lower activity of the ventral ACC during emotionally charged scenes regardless of the valence of the scenes suggests that impaired social perception among IPV-PTSD patients transcends menacing contexts and generalizes to a wider variety of emotionally charged male-female interactions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Psychological and Behavioral Health

UniBE Contributor:

Aue, Tatjana


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology




Oxford University Press


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] Gertrude von Meissner Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] Oak Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] Fondation Prim’Enfance




Tatjana Aue Seil

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24 Aug 2015 16:31

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05 Dec 2022 14:49

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Parental PTSD; emotion regulation; fMRI; human interaction; interpersonal violence




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