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Social Neuroscience


Past research has provided support for the existence of a negativity bias, the tendency for negativity to have a stronger impact than positivity. Theoretically, the negativity bias provides an evolutionary advantage, as it is more critical for survival to avoid a harmful stimulus than to pursue a potentially helpful one. The current paper reviews the theoretical grounding of the negativity bias in the Evaluative Space Model, and presents recent findings using a multilevel approach that further elucidate the mechanisms underlying the negativity bias and underscore the importance of the negativity bias for human functioning.


ERPs, fMRI, neuroticism, personality, gender, age


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Neuroscience on December 12, 2019, available online:

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