The influence of self-construals on the ERP response to the rewards for self and mother

  • Xiangru Zhu
  • Huijun Zhang
  • Lili Wu
  • Suyong Yang
  • Haiyan Wu
  • Wenbo Luo
  • Ruolei Gu
  • Yue-jia Luo


Individual self-construal (independent vs. interdependent) could be temporarily modulated by the priming effect. Our previous studies have found that when Chinese participants gambled for mother and for self, outcome feedback evoked comparable neural responses between two conditions. However, it remains unclear if the response to rewards for mother and for self would differ after independence self-construal priming. In this study, we manipulated participants’ self-construal (independent vs. interdependent) before a simple gambling task. The event-related potential (ERP) results reveal that when an interdependent self-construal was primed, the participants exhibited a comparable feedback-related negativity (FRN) elicited by outcome feedback for self and for mother. In contrast, independent self-construal priming resulted in a greater FRN elicited by outcome feedback for self than for mother. Meanwhile, the P3 component was insensitive to self-construal manipulation. These findings indicate the modulation effect of self-construal priming on the response to rewards for others.


Self-construals Self Mother Outcome evaluation Feedback-related negativity 



This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31300846, 31571124, 31600931).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiangru Zhu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Huijun Zhang
    • 3
  • Lili Wu
    • 4
    • 5
  • Suyong Yang
    • 6
  • Haiyan Wu
    • 5
    • 7
  • Wenbo Luo
    • 8
  • Ruolei Gu
    • 5
    • 7
  • Yue-jia Luo
    • 9
  1. 1.Institute of Cognition, Brain and HealthHenan UniversityKaifengChina
  2. 2.Institute of Psychology and BehaviorHenan UniversityKaifengChina
  3. 3.School of ManagementGuangdong University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.CAS Key Laboratory of Mental HealthInstitute of PsychologyBeijingChina
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyShanghai University of SportShanghaiChina
  7. 7.CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral ScienceInstitute of PsychologyBeijingChina
  8. 8.Liaoning Normal UniversitySchool of PsychologyDalianChina
  9. 9.Institute of Affective and Social NeuroscienceShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina

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