Role of the inferior frontal cortex in coping with distracting emotions.


Journal Article

The role of inferior frontal cortex in coping with emotional distracters presented concurrently with a working memory task was investigated using event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. The study yielded two main findings: (i) processing of emotional distracters was associated with enhanced functional coupling between the amygdala and the inferior frontal cortex and (ii) the inferior frontal cortex showed a left-lateralized activation pattern discriminating successful from unsuccessful trials in the presence of emotional distraction. These findings provide evidence that coping with emotional distraction entails interactions between brain regions responsible for detection and inhibition of emotional distraction, and identified a hemispheric specialization in the inferior frontal cortex in controlling the impact of distracting emotions on cognitive performance (left hemisphere) vs. controlling the subjective feeling of being distracted (right hemisphere).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dolcos, F; Kragel, P; Wang, L; McCarthy, G

Published Date

  • October 23, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 1591 - 1594

PubMed ID

  • 17001274

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17001274

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0959-4965

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England