Cognitive and emotional appraisal of motivational interviewing statements: An event-related potential study

Karen Y. L. HUI, Clive H. Y. WONG, Andrew M. H. SIU, Tatia M. C. LEE, Che Hin Chetwyn CHAN

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Abstract

The counseling process involves attention, emotional perception, cognitive appraisal, and decision-making. This study aimed to investigate cognitive appraisal and the associated emotional processes when reading short therapists' statements of motivational interviewing (MI). Thirty participants with work injuries were classified into the pre-contemplation (PC, n = 15) or readiness stage of the change group (RD, n = 15). The participants viewed MI congruent (MI-C), MI incongruent (MI-INC), or control phrases during which their electroencephalograms were captured. The results indicated significant Group × Condition effects in the frontally oriented late positive complex (P600/LPC). The P600/LPC's amplitudes were more positive-going in the PC than in the RD group for the MI congruent statements. Within the PC group, the amplitudes of the N400 were significantly correlated (r = 0.607–0.649) with the participants' level of negative affect. Our findings suggest that the brief contents of MI statements alone can elicit late cognitive and emotional appraisal processes beyond semantic processing. Copyright © 2021 Hui, Wong, Siu, Lee and Chan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number727175
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Citation

Hui, K. Y. L., Wong, C. H. Y., Siu, A. M. H., Lee, T. M. C., & Chan, C. C. H. (2021). Cognitive and emotional appraisal of motivational interviewing statements: An event-related potential study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2021.727175

Keywords

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Linguistics
  • Readiness
  • Return to work
  • ERP
  • P200
  • N400
  • LPC

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