Heart evoked potential triggers brain responses to natural affective scenes: A preliminary study

Blas Couto, Federico Adolfi, María Velasquez, Marie Mesow, Justin Feinstein, Andres Canales-Johnson, Ezequiel Mikulan, David Martínez-Pernía, Tristan Bekinschtein, Mariano Sigman, Facundo Manes, Agustin Ibanez*

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The relationship between ongoing brain interoceptive signals and emotional processes has been addressed only indirectly through external stimulus-locked measures. In this study, an internal body trigger (heart evoked potential, HEP) was used to measure ongoing internally triggered signals during emotional states. We employed high-density electroencephalography (hd-EEG), source reconstruction analysis, and behavioral measures to assess healthy participants watching emotion-inducing video-clips (positive, negative, and neutral emotions). Results showed emotional modulation of the HEP at specific source-space nodes of the fronto-insulo-temporal networks related to affective-cognitive integration. This study is the first to assess the direct convergence among continuous triggers of viscerosensory cortical markers and emotion through dynamic stimuli presentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Body-emotion interaction
  • Emotion
  • HEP
  • Interoception
  • Ongoing bodily signals


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