The role of emotions and physiological arousal in modulating impulsive behaviour.

Herman, Aleksandra M, Critchley, Hugo D and Duka, Theodora (2018) The role of emotions and physiological arousal in modulating impulsive behaviour. Biological Psychology, 133. pp. 30-43. ISSN 0301-0511

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Impulsivity received considerable attention in the context of drug misuse and certain neuropsychiatric conditions. Because of its great health and well-being importance, it is crucial to understand factors which modulate impulsive behaviour. As a growing body of literature indicates the role of emotional and physiological states in guiding our actions and decisions, we argue that current affective state and physiological arousal exert a significant influence on behavioural impulsivity. As 'impulsivity' is a heterogeneous concept, in this paper, we review key theories of the topic and summarise information about distinct impulsivity subtypes and their methods of assessment, pointing out to the differences between the various components of the construct. Moreover, we review existing literature on the relationship between emotional states, arousal and impulsive behaviour and suggest directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Impulsivity; Emotions; Mood; Physiological arousal; Stress; Stop signal task; Delay discounting; Risk-taking
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
School of Psychology > Psychology
Research Centres and Groups: Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group
Subjects: Q Science > QZ Psychology
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Depositing User: Aleksandra Maria Herman
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 10:12
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 10:12

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