The use of neurocognitive methods in assessing health communication messages: A systematic review

Kaye, Sherrie-Anne, White, Melanie J., & Lewis, Ioni M. (2016) The use of neurocognitive methods in assessing health communication messages: A systematic review. Journal of Health Psychology. (In Press)

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We review 20 studies that examined persuasive processing and outcomes of health messages using neurocognitive measures. The results suggest that cognitive processes and neural activity in regions thought to reflect self-related processing may be more prominent in the persuasive process of self-relevant messages. Furthermore, activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC), the superior temporal gyrus, and the middle frontal gyrus were identified as predictors of message effectiveness, with the MPFC accounting for additional variance in behaviour change beyond that accounted for by self-report measures. Incorporating neurocognitive measures may provide a more comprehensive understanding of the processing and outcomes of health messages.

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ID Code: 92826
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: behaviour change, event-related potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, health communication, message processing
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316630138
ISSN: 1359-1053
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Sage Publications Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2016 01:26
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 07:42

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