Influence of Subjective Happiness on the Prefrontal Brain Activity: An fNIRS Study

  • Sayuri Oonishi
  • Shota Hori
  • Yoko Hoshi
  • Akitoshi Seiyama
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 812)

Abstract

Focusing on the relationship between subjective happiness (SH) and emotional changes, we examined influences of SH on emotion-related prefrontal activity using multichannel NIRS. The International Affective Picture System (IAPS) was used to evoke emotional changes. Subjects were a total of 18 right-handed healthy students. Frequency of picture-induced increases in oxygenated haemoglobin (oxy-Hb) was evaluated. Subjects with a high SH score had a higher frequency of increased oxy-Hb in the left prefrontal cortex (PFC) while viewing pleasant pictures, whereas they showed a lower frequency in the right PFC while viewing unpleasant pictures. It is well known that the left PFC and right PFC are engaged in different ways in the emotional processes. Although further investigations are required, the present results indicate that the SH level influences the right-left differences in emotion-related prefrontal activity.

Keywords

Subjective happiness Emotion Near infrared spectroscopy Prefrontal cortex Laterality 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported in part by grants-in-aid from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sayuri Oonishi
    • 1
  • Shota Hori
    • 1
  • Yoko Hoshi
    • 2
  • Akitoshi Seiyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Medical Devices for Diagnoses, Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of MedicineKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.The Integrated Neuroscience Research TeamTokyo Institute of PsychiatryTokyoJapan

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