The brain on positive personality traits.

The brain on positive personality traits.

 The positive features of individual functioning has gained interest in the research community in the last couple of decades. In part positive personality traits have inspired a growth in the field of positive psychology, a discipline that aims to investigate optimal functioning conditions. Academics in positive psychology focus on the individual tendencies to approach experience with a positive outlook and the interactions with various personality traits.

Despite the growth in interest in positive psychology in recent years the cortical structures involved in positive personality traits are still not completely understood. Researchers from Sapienza University in Rome have recently investigated the EEG-alpha asymmetry that is associated with the positivity personality trait. Through the use of self-report measures of positivity, self-esteem, life satisfaction and optimism, with EEG the researchers found some interesting results. The findings indicate that alpha asymmetry in the posterior cingulate was uniquely associated with positive personality traits.

The researchers hypothesis from this that positive personality traits are a basic disposition that reflects the activity of brains structures that are involved with self-referential thought and autobiographical memories, assigning a positive valence to one’s experience and an attitude toward the future. This shows that the science of positive personality traits is more complex than one would think at first. The brain regions from a vast array of distinct processes appear to interact to aid in positive personality traits.

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Daniel Edgcumbe

I am studying towards my PhD in cognitive neuroscience at a leading London university

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