Dissociative part-dependent biopsychosocial reactions to backward masked angry and neutral faces: An fMRI study of dissociative identity disorder

Yolanda R. Schlumpf, Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis, Sima Chalavi, Ekaterina V. Weder, Eva Zimmermann, Roger Luechinger, Roberto La Marca, A.A.T. Simone Reinders & Lutz Jäncke
Objective The Theory of Structural Dissociation of the Personality (TSDP) proposes that dissociative identity disorder (DID) patients are fixed in traumatic memories as “Emotional Parts” (EP), but mentally avoid these as “Apparently Normal Parts” of the personality (ANP). We tested the hypotheses that ANP and EP have different biopsychosocial reactions to subliminally presented angry and neutral faces, and that actors instructed and motivated to simulate ANP and EP react differently. Methods Women with DID and...
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