Michela Balconi

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Affiliation: Catholic University
Country: Italy

Publications

  1. doi FRN and P300 ERP effect modulation in response to feedback sensitivity: the contribution of punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS) and behaviour identification of action
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Neurosci Res 66:162-72. 2010
  2. ncbi Personality correlates (BAS-BIS), self-perception of social ranking, and cortical (alpha frequency band) modulation in peer-group comparison
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience Electronic address
    Physiol Behav 133:207-15. 2014
  3. ncbi Activation of the prefrontal cortex and posterior parietal cortex increases the recognition of semantic violations in action representation
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Brain Stimul 7:435-42. 2014
  4. ncbi Reward-system effect (BAS rating), left hemispheric "unbalance" (alpha band oscillations) and decisional impairments in drug addiction
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience Italy Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Addict Behav 39:1026-32. 2014
  5. doi Self-report measures, facial feedback, and personality differences (BEES) in cooperative vs. noncooperative situations: contribution of the mimic system to the sense of empathy
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychol 48:631-40. 2013
  6. doi Conscious and unconscious face recognition is improved by high-frequency rTMS on pre-motor cortex
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Neuropsychology of Language, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Conscious Cogn 22:771-8. 2013
  7. ncbi Left DLPFC rTMS stimulation reduced the anxiety bias effect or how to restore the positive memory processing in high-anxiety subjects
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Neuropsychology of Language, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Psychiatry Res 209:554-9. 2013
  8. ncbi The "simulation" of the facial expression of emotions in case of short and long stimulus duration. The effect of pre-motor cortex inhibition by rTMS
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Brain Cogn 83:114-20. 2013
  9. doi Inhibition of monitoring mechanisms in response to erroneous or veridical feedback. "Virtual lesion" induction by an rTMS study
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    NeuroRehabilitation 32:823-31. 2013
  10. doi Repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation on dorsolateral prefrontal cortex improves performance in emotional memory retrieval as a function of level of anxiety and stimulus valence
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 67:210-8. 2013

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Publications51

  1. doi FRN and P300 ERP effect modulation in response to feedback sensitivity: the contribution of punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS) and behaviour identification of action
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Neurosci Res 66:162-72. 2010
    ..Finally, low-level of action representation explained FRN amplitude more than high-level one...
  2. ncbi Personality correlates (BAS-BIS), self-perception of social ranking, and cortical (alpha frequency band) modulation in peer-group comparison
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience Electronic address
    Physiol Behav 133:207-15. 2014
    ..The present results suggest that social status perception is directly modulated by cortical activity and personality correlates. ..
  3. ncbi Activation of the prefrontal cortex and posterior parietal cortex increases the recognition of semantic violations in action representation
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Brain Stimul 7:435-42. 2014
    ..Indeed, the representation of transitive action includes the correct/incorrect instrumental use and the congruous/incongruous functional use of the object...
  4. ncbi Reward-system effect (BAS rating), left hemispheric "unbalance" (alpha band oscillations) and decisional impairments in drug addiction
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Affective and Social Neuroscience Italy Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Addict Behav 39:1026-32. 2014
    ..An imbalanced left hemispheric effect related to higher BAS trait could explain this "reward bias," because these components were found to explain (through the regression analysis) the main behavioral deficits...
  5. doi Self-report measures, facial feedback, and personality differences (BEES) in cooperative vs. noncooperative situations: contribution of the mimic system to the sense of empathy
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychol 48:631-40. 2013
    ..The convergence and divergence of these multidimensional measures was discussed. ..
  6. doi Conscious and unconscious face recognition is improved by high-frequency rTMS on pre-motor cortex
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Neuropsychology of Language, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Conscious Cogn 22:771-8. 2013
    ..The present results highlight the role of the premotor system for facial expression processing, supporting the existence of two analogous mechanisms for conscious and unconscious condition...
  7. ncbi Left DLPFC rTMS stimulation reduced the anxiety bias effect or how to restore the positive memory processing in high-anxiety subjects
    Michela Balconi
    Research Unit in Neuropsychology of Language, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy Electronic address
    Psychiatry Res 209:554-9. 2013
    ..The potentiality of TMS for anxiety behavior modulation was also discussed. ..
  8. ncbi The "simulation" of the facial expression of emotions in case of short and long stimulus duration. The effect of pre-motor cortex inhibition by rTMS
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Brain Cogn 83:114-20. 2013
    ..Thus, the present results highlight the main role of the frontal motor system for emotion facial expression processing. ..
  9. doi Inhibition of monitoring mechanisms in response to erroneous or veridical feedback. "Virtual lesion" induction by an rTMS study
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    NeuroRehabilitation 32:823-31. 2013
    ..Indeed, this prefrontal region seems to contribute to conscious monitoring functions when an explicit response is required. Possible applications to executive function analysis and rehabilitation are suggested. ..
  10. doi Repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation on dorsolateral prefrontal cortex improves performance in emotional memory retrieval as a function of level of anxiety and stimulus valence
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Psychiatry Clin Neurosci 67:210-8. 2013
    ..The aim of the present study was to explore the role of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) in the memory retrieval process of positive versus negative emotional stimulus, as a function of anxiety level...
  11. doi Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, working memory and episodic memory processes: insight through transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Neurosci Bull 29:381-9. 2013
    ..Furthermore, we present state-of-the-art evidence supporting a possible use of TMS in the clinic. Specifically we focus on the treatment of memory deficits in depression and anxiety disorders...
  12. doi Emotional contagion and trait empathy in prosocial behavior in young people: the contribution of autonomic (facial feedback) and balanced emotional empathy scale (BEES) measures
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 35:41-8. 2013
    ..Moreover, a significant positive correlation was found between empathic profile and the EMG modulation. These results highlight the role of emotions and empathy in prosocial behavior, induced by an "emotional contagion effect."..
  13. ncbi Eye movement and online bisection task in unilateral patients with neglect: a new look to the 'gradient effect'
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Brain Inj 27:310-7. 2013
    ..The present study explored the behavioural and eye-movement measures in spatial unilateral neglect in response to a bisection task...
  14. doi High-frequency rTMS improves facial mimicry and detection responses in an empathic emotional task
    M Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Neuroscience 236:12-20. 2013
    ..In summary, these results suggest that a "simulation mechanism" underlies emotion detection in an empathic situation that includes both EMG and behavioural responses. This mechanism appears to be supported and regulated by the MPFC area...
  15. ncbi Prosocial attitudes and empathic behavior in emotional positive versus negative situations: brain response (ERPs) and source localization (LORETA) analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    Cogn Process 14:63-72. 2013
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  16. doi Detection of the facial expression of emotion and self-report measures in empathic situations are influenced by sensorimotor circuit inhibition by low-frequency rTMS
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Brain Stimul 5:330-6. 2012
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  17. ncbi Emotional memory retrieval. rTMS stimulation on left DLPFC increases the positive memories
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    Brain Imaging Behav 6:454-61. 2012
    ..Secondly, the valence model of emotional cue processing may explain decreasing of RTs, by pointing out the distinct role the left hemisphere has in positive emotional cue processing...
  18. doi Eye movements and bisection behavior in spatial neglect syndrome: representational biases induced by the segment length and spatial dislocation of the stimulus
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    Cogn Process 13:S89-92. 2012
    ..The direct link of visual pointing and grasping strategy, respectively, with the two cortical ventral and dorsal pathways was adduced to explain our results...
  19. doi Empathy in cooperative versus non-cooperative situations: the contribution of self-report measures and autonomic responses
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, Milan, Italy
    Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback 37:161-9. 2012
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  20. doi rTMS stimulation on left DLPFC increases the correct recognition of memories for emotional target and distractor words
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 12:589-98. 2012
    ..The valence model of emotional cue processing may explain this increased performance by demonstrating the distinct role of the left hemisphere in the retrieval of positive emotional information...
  21. doi The tDCS effect on alpha brain oscillation for correct vs. incorrect object use. The contribution of the left DLPFC
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Neurosci Lett 517:25-9. 2012
    ..Secondly, the contribution of the frontal area for the semantic processing of action was demonstrated. Finally, tDCS influence on cortical oscillations was largely supported, showing alpha modulation induced by DLPFC inhibition...
  22. doi Error monitoring functions in response to an external feedback when an explicit judgement is required: ERP modulation and cortical source localisation
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychophysiol 83:295-301. 2012
    ..Generally, this system could explain the significance of the mechanism to the erroneous feedback and the necessity to restore the incoherent information...
  23. doi Semantic violation effect on object-related action comprehension. N400-like event-related potentials for unusual and incorrect use
    M Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Neuroscience 197:191-9. 2011
    ..It can be argued that the N400-like effect was similar to the N400, which is generally evoked by linguistic stimuli, and these results suggest that N400 increases as the difficulty in accessing the semantic memory increases...
  24. doi Veridical and false feedback sensitivity and punishment-reward system (BIS/BAS): ERP amplitude and theta frequency band analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Clin Neurophysiol 121:1502-10. 2010
    ..Disruption of the sense of agency and of being causally determinant in action was explored in the present research by inducing an erroneous external spatial feedback in response to the subject's behaviour...
  25. ncbi Emotional representation in facial expression and script A comparison between normal and autistic children
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Res Dev Disabil 28:409-22. 2007
    ..Finally, pathology affected children's performance, with an increased "facilitation effect" for autistic children in the script condition...
  26. ncbi In the face of emotions: event-related potentials in supraliminal and subliminal facial expression recognition
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Genet Soc Gen Psychol Monogr 131:41-69. 2005
    ..Unaware information processing was revealed to be quite similar to aware information processing for peak amplitude but not for latency. In fact, unconscious stimulation produced a more delayed peak variation than conscious stimulation...
  27. ncbi Morphed facial expressions elicited a N400 ERP effect: a domain-specific semantic module?
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Scand J Psychol 46:467-74. 2005
    ..The evidence is in favor of the similarity of this negative deflection with the N400 ERP effect elicited in linguistic tasks. A domain-specific semantic module is proposed to explain these results...
  28. ncbi EEG correlates (event-related desynchronization) of emotional face elaboration: a temporal analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, Italy
    Neurosci Lett 392:118-23. 2006
    ..Finally, a right-hemisphere dominance was found for theta during emotional face comprehension...
  29. ncbi Event-related potentials related to normal and morphed emotional faces
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Largo Gemelli, 1 20123 Milan, Italy
    J Psychol 139:176-92. 2005
    ..Two cognitive codes, structural and expression, are discussed, and the results are compared with the multilevel model proposed by V. Bruce and A. W. Young (1986, 1998)...
  30. ncbi An ERP study on facial expression of emotion: comparison of linguistic and visual semantic decoding
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University, Largo Gemelli, 1 20123 Milan, Italy
    Percept Mot Skills 100:129-34. 2005
    ..The evidence is in favour of comparability of this negative deflection with the N400 ERP effect elicited by linguistic anomalies...
  31. ncbi Comprehending semantic and grammatical violations in Italian. N400 and P600 comparison with visual and auditory stimuli
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University, I Largo Gemelli, 20123 Milan, Italy
    J Psycholinguist Res 34:71-98. 2005
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  32. ncbi N400 and P600 or the role of the ERP correlates in sentence comprehension: some applications to the Italian language
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
    J Gen Psychol 131:268-302. 2004
    ..The two semantic and syntactic effects appear as automatic processes of the decoding of the anomalies and also modality-independent processes. Cross-linguistic applications are considered in the general discussion...
  33. ncbi Face-selective processing and the effect of pleasant and unpleasant emotional expressions on ERP correlates
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Center for Communication Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1 20123, Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychophysiol 49:67-74. 2003
    ..N230 amplitude increased in response to anger, fear and surprise, suggesting that subjects' ERP variations are affected by experienced emotional intensity, related to arousal and unpleasant value of the stimulus...
  34. ncbi Exploring consciousness in emotional face decoding: an event-related potential analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology Catholic University of Milan, Italy
    Genet Soc Gen Psychol Monogr 132:129-50. 2006
    ..Cortical lateralization (right or left) was not correlated to conscious or unconscious stimulation. The author discussed the functional significance of her results in terms of supraliminal and subliminal conditions...
  35. doi Event-related oscillations (ERO) and event-related potentials (ERP) in emotional face recognition
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Int J Neurosci 118:1412-24. 2008
    ..Thus, this frequency band variation could represent a complex set of cognitive processes, whereby selective attention becomes focused on an emotional relevant stimulus...
  36. ncbi Consciousness and arousal effects on emotional face processing as revealed by brain oscillations. A gamma band analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1 20123 Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychophysiol 67:41-6. 2008
    ..Finally a left-posterior dominance for conscious elaboration was found, whereas right hemisphere was discriminant in emotional processing of face in comparison with neutral face...
  37. doi Appetitive vs. defensive responses to emotional cues. Autonomic measures and brain oscillation modulation
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Brain Res 1296:72-84. 2009
    ..The effects of subjective evaluation and individual differences were discussed at light of coping activity model of emotion comprehension...
  38. doi Emotional face recognition, EMG response, and medial prefrontal activity in empathic behaviour
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Neurosci Res 71:251-9. 2011
    ..These results revealed a significant effect of the MPFC on both cue detection and facial mimicry that was distinctly related to different types of emotions...
  39. doi BIS/BAS, cortical oscillations and coherence in response to emotional cues
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Brain Res Bull 80:151-7. 2009
    ..Finally, the effects of subjective evaluation and individual differences were discussed at light of the two-dimensional model of emotion processing, that is the valence and the arousing power of emotional cues...
  40. doi Lateralisation effect in comprehension of emotional facial expression: a comparison between EEG alpha band power and behavioural inhibition (BIS) and activation (BAS) systems
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
    Laterality 15:361-84. 2010
    ..Motivational significance of facial expressions was considered to elucidate cortical differences in participants' responses to emotional types...
  41. doi Arousal effect on emotional face comprehension: frequency band changes in different time intervals
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    Physiol Behav 97:455-62. 2009
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  42. ncbi Event-related oscillations (EROs) and event-related potentials (ERPs) comparison in facial expression recognition
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    J Neuropsychol 1:283-94. 2007
    ..It revealed that theta and gamma oscillations mainly effect as oscillation activity at the N2 latency. Finally, a posterior increased power of theta was found for emotional faces...
  43. ncbi Brain oscillations and BIS/BAS (behavioral inhibition/activation system) effects on processing masked emotional cues. ERS/ERD and coherence measures of alpha band
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123, Milan, Italy
    Int J Psychophysiol 74:158-65. 2009
    ..Valence and potential threatening power of facial expressions were considered to elucidate these cortical differences...
  44. doi Resonance mechanism in empathic behavior BEES, BIS/BAS and psychophysiological contribution
    Michela Balconi
    Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Largo Gemelli, 1, 20123 Milan, Italy
    Physiol Behav 105:298-304. 2012
    ..The convergence of these multidimensional measures was discussed...
  45. doi rTMS stimulation on left DLPFC affects emotional cue retrieval as a function of anxiety level and gender
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
    Depress Anxiety 29:976-82. 2012
    ..Moreover, the gender effect in emotional memory processing was verified as a function of the stimulus valence...
  46. ncbi Adult attachment interview, thematic analysis, and communicative style in families with substance use disorder
    Luigi Anolli
    Center for Communication Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
    Psychol Rep 90:279-99. 2002
    ..In this perspective this device seems to be effective not only for discriminating attachment styles between subjects but also to identify differences within subjects belonging to the same attachment pattern...
  47. doi N400 effect when a semantic anomaly is detected in action representation. A source localization analysis
    Michela Balconi
    Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    J Clin Neurophysiol 31:58-64. 2014
    ..This fact may be explained by assuming that object-related action representation activates a specific cortical network, more directly related to congruous/incongruous object use comprehension in relationship with a specific context...
  48. doi Dorsolateral pFC and the representation of the incorrect use of an object: the transcranial direct current stimulation effect on N400 for visual and linguistic stimuli
    Michela Balconi
    Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    J Cogn Neurosci 26:305-18. 2014
    ..Finally, the contribution of the frontal area to the semantic processing of actions is discussed. ..
  49. doi High-frequency rTMS on DLPFC increases prosocial attitude in case of decision to support people
    Michela Balconi
    a Research Unit in Neuropsychology of Language, Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy
    Soc Neurosci 9:82-93. 2014
    ..The prefrontal circuit was suggested to support emotional responsiveness and facial feedback in order to facilitate the prosocial behavior...
  50. doi Self-report, personality and autonomic system modulation in response to empathic conflictual versus non conflictual situation
    Michela Balconi
    a Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    Cogn Emot 28:153-62. 2014
    ..The convergence of these multidimensional measures are discussed: emotional components of empathy are elucidated in relation to self-report, autonomic modulation, and personality trait variation. ..
  51. ncbi Topic variability and linguistic convergence in marital couples' speech as related to specific attachment style
    Luigi Anolli
    University of Milan Bicocca, 20126 Milan, Italy
    Psychol Rep 96:83-106. 2005
    ..The high convergence of linguistic patterns inside the marital couple was discussed as representative of "dysfunctional" working models, from both the communicative and relational points of view...