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Emotion regulation choice: Selecting between cognitive regulation strategies to control emotion | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Emotion regulation choice: Selecting between cognitive regulation strategies to control emotion | Frontiers in Human Neuroscience | Brain Training and Development | Scoop.it

"Consider the anger that arises in a heated argument with your romantic partner, or the dreadful anxious anticipation in the dentist's waiting room prior to a root canal procedure. Our daily lives are densely populated with events that make us emotional. Luckily, however, we developed numerous ways to control or regulate our emotions in order to adapt (Gross, 2007;Koole, 2009 for reviews). A central remaining challenge to explain adaptation, involves understanding how individuals choose between the different emotion regulation strategies in order to fit with differing situational demands. Specifically, when is the aforementioned romantic partner or dental patient more likely to “put aside” or disengage from the emotional situation, and when are they more likely to “make sense” or engage with their emotional reactions?

 

In this opinion article we concentrate on the intersection between affective science and decision making as manifested in emotion regulation choice, defined as the act of making an autonomous choice between different regulation strategies that are available in a particular context."

 

Sheppes, G. & Levin, Z. (in press). Emotion regulation choice: Selecting between cognitive regulation strategies to control emotion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00179


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I still have to read it... very long but intersting

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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:09 PM

A valuable, clear read for anyone aiming to translate Buddhist concepts into language familiar to cognitive psychologists (or vice verse). The article focuses on deliberate regulatory choices at early and late stages of emotion processing - i.e. distraction, which entails disengaging attention from emotional information versus reappraisal, which involves intentional engagement with emotional information coupled with reinterpretation of its meaning. This same contrast is of central relevance and familiarity to meditators, although the authors do not reference this particular context. Their conclusion, however, could just as well have been a segue to discussing emotion regulation in meditators: "Central factors such as prior practice with choosing regulation strategies in different situations, strong motivational forces to perform one strategy over another and a general central executive ability that allows efficient information processing may all influence regulatory choices."

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