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Immediate and Sustained Effects of Expressive Suppression and Reappraisal: A Cultural Neuroscience Approach - Psychology Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 11 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm

JO 4.306

Psychology Lecture Series - In-Person and Virtual Event

Title - Immediate and Sustained Effects of Expressive Suppression and Reappraisal: A Cultural Neuroscience Approach

Speaker: Yue Li
PhD Student, UT Dallas

East Asians value emotion control and, thus, are better at suppressing emotions compared to European Americans. What is less known is whether similar cultural differences exist in other emotion regulation strategies and whether these effects sustain over time. Here, we addressed these gaps by testing cultural differences in the immediate and sustained effects of suppression and reappraisal in an EEG investigation. Forty-nine East Asians (28 females; Mage = 21.10, SDage = 3.32) and 52 European Americans (29 females; Mage = 23.00, SDage = 5.80) were exposed to negative or neutral images while instructed to attend to, suppress, or reappraise their emotions. Thirty minutes later, they were re-exposed to the same images and instructed to respond naturally. I assessed the late positive potential (LPP) as a neural index of emotional arousal in both tasks. During regulation, East Asians showed a decrease in LPP when suppressing (but not reappraising) negative images. In contrast, neither strategy resulted in the down-regulation of LPP for European Americans. During re-exposure, neither cultural group showed sustained effects of suppression or reappraisal. Discussion centers on cultural variation in the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation.

Yue Li is a PhD Psychology student and is advised by Jiyoung Park, PhD.

This talk is in-person in JO 4.306 and also is a virtual event. At 2:30pm on October 11, join the talk on MS Teams.
Conference ID: 244 834 791 481
Passcode: Lu93hP

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Graduate Students


Research, Science & Technology


emotions, Suppression

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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