Relationship between personality trait and regional cerebral glucose metabolism assessed with positron emission tomography

Tak Youn, In Kyoon Lyoo, Jae Jin Kim, Hae Jeong Park, Kyoo Seob Ha, Dong Soo Lee, Kelley Yost Abrams, Myung Chul Lee, Jun Soo Kwon

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Abstract

There have been no studies systematically investigating relationships between biogenetic temperament dimensions and patterns of brain glucose metabolism. Nineteen healthy subjects were evaluated regarding the biogenetic temperament using Cloninger's Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). In addition, [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) was used to measure regional brain glucose metabolism. Voxel-based correlation analysis was used to test correlations between regional brain glucose metabolism and scores on the TCI. We identified that each temperament dimension, such as Novelty Seeking, Harm Avoidance, and Reward Dependence, was significantly correlated with specific brain regions. The majority of correlations were observed in the areas of paralimbic regions and temporal lobes. The current study provides evidence linking each biogenetic temperament dimension with specific brain areas and provides a promising base for future personality research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-120
Number of pages12
JournalBiological Psychology
Volume60
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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