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dc.contributor.authorVila, Jaime
dc.contributor.authorMorato, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorLucas, Ignacio
dc.contributor.authorGuerra, Pedro
dc.contributor.authorCastro Laguardia, Ana María
dc.contributor.authorBobes, María Antonieta
dc.description.abstractThe neuroscientific study of love has been boosted by an extended corpus of research on face-identity recognition. However, few studies have compared the emotional mechanisms activated by loved faces and names and none have simultaneously examined fMRI and autonomic measures. The present study combined fMRI with the heart rate response when 21 participants (10 males) passively viewed the face or the written name of 4 loved people and 4 unknown people. The results showed accelerative patterns in heart rate, together with brain activations, which were significantly higher for loved people than for unknown people. Significant correlations were found between heart rate and brain activation in frontal areas, for faces, and in temporal areas, for names. The results are discussed in the context of previous studies using the same passive viewing procedure, highlighting the relevance of integrating peripheral and central measures in the scientific study of positive emotion and love.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by a grant to JV from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Grant PSI2011-28530) ( The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.ca_ES
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceca_ES
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dc.relation.ispartofPlos One, 2019, vol. 14, núm. 4, p. 1-19ca_ES
dc.rightscc-by (c) Vila et al., 2019ca_ES
dc.titleThe affective processing of loved familiar faces and names: Integrating fMRI and heart rateca_ES

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