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Nature Neuroscience 11, 880 - 881 (2008)
Published online: 29 June 2008 | doi:10.1038/nn.2141

Regulating the expectation of reward via cognitive strategies

Mauricio R Delgado1, M Meredith Gillis2 & Elizabeth A Phelps2

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Previous emotion regulation research has been successful in altering aversive emotional reactions. It is unclear, however, whether such strategies can also efficiently regulate expectations of reward arising from conditioned stimuli, which can at times be maladaptive (for example, drug cravings). Using a monetary reward-conditioning procedure with cognitive strategies, we observed attenuation in both the physiological (skin conductance) and neural correlates (striatum) of reward expectation as participants engaged in emotion regulation.

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  1. Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, 101 Warren Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102, USA.
  2. Department of Psychology, New York University, 6 Washington Place, Room 863, New York, New York 10003, USA.

Correspondence to: Elizabeth A Phelps2 e-mail: liz.phelps@nyu.edu



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