The relation between schizotypy and early attention to rejecting interactions: The influence of neuroticism

Premkumar, P ORCID: 0000-0003-1934-6741, Onwumere, J, Albert, J, Kessel, D, Kumari, V, Kuipers, E and Carretié, L, 2015. The relation between schizotypy and early attention to rejecting interactions: The influence of neuroticism. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 16 (8), pp. 587-601. ISSN 1562-2975

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Objectives: Schizotypy relates to rejection sensitivity (anxiety reflecting an expectancy of social exclusion) and neuroticism (excessive evaluation of negative emotions). Positive schizotypy (e.g., perceptual aberrations and odd beliefs) and negative schizotypy (e.g., social and physical anhedonia) could relate to altered attention to rejection because of neuroticism. Methods: Forty-one healthy individuals were assessed on positive and negative schizotypy and neuroticism, and event-related potentials during rejecting, accepting and neutral scenes. Participants were categorised into high, moderate and low neuroticism groups. Using temporo-spatial principal components analyses, P200 (peak latency=290ms) and P300 amplitudes (peak latency=390ms) were measured, reflecting mobilisation of attention and early attention, respectively. Results: Scalp-level and cortical source analysis revealed elevated fronto-parietal N300/P300 amplitude and P200-related dorsal anterior cingulate current density during rejection than acceptance/neutral scenes. Positive schizotypy related inversely to parietal P200 amplitude during rejection. Negative schizotypy related positively to P200 middle occipital current density. Negative schizotypy related positively to parietal P300, where the association was stronger in high and moderate, than low, neuroticism groups. Conclusions: Positive and negative schizotypy relate divergently to attention to rejection. Positive schizotypy attenuates, but negative schizotypy increases rejection-related mobilisation of attention. Negative schizotypy increases early attention to rejection partly due to elevated neuroticism.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Creators: Premkumar, P., Onwumere, J., Albert, J., Kessel, D., Kumari, V., Kuipers, E. and Carretié, L.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2015
Volume: 16
Number: 8
ISSN: 1562-2975
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Dec 2015 12:30
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58

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