We investigated the contribution of the pars opercularis of the left inferior frontal gyrus (LIFGop) in representing knowledge about social groups. We asked healthy individuals to categorize words preceded by semantically congruent or incongruent primes while stimulating the LIFGop. Previous studies showing an involvement of the LIFGop both in processing social stimuli and negative valence words led us to predict that its stimulation would affect responses to negative social category words. Compared to the Vertex as control site, the stimulation of the LIFGop increased the speed of categorization of negative social groups, and disrupted the semantic priming effect for negative words overall. Within the framework of recent theories of semantic memory, we argue that the present results provide initial evidence of the representation of social groups being characterized by affective properties, whose processing is supported by the LIFGop.
|Titolo:||The contribution of the left inferior frontal gyrus in affective processing of social groups|
|Autori:||Suran, T.; Rumiati, R.; Piretti, L.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/17588928.2019.1593127|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|