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Nonlinear associations between human values and neuroanatomy

Zacharopoulus, G.; Hanel, P.H.P.; Lancaster, T.M.; Ihssen, N.; Drakesmith, M.; Foley, S.; Maio, G.R.; Linden, D.E.J.

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G. Zacharopoulus

P.H.P. Hanel

T.M. Lancaster

M. Drakesmith

S. Foley

G.R. Maio

D.E.J. Linden


Human values guide behavior and the smooth functioning of societies. Schwartz’s circumplex model of values predicts a sinusoidal waveform in relations between ratings of the importance of diverse human value types (e.g., achievement, benevolence) and any variables psychologically relevant to them. In this neuroimaging study, we examined these nonlinear associations between values types and brain structure. In 85 participants, we found the predicted sinusoidal relationship between ratings of values types and two measures of white matter (WM), volume and myelin volume fraction, as well as for grey matter (GM) parameters in several frontal regions. These effects reveal new functional associations for structural brain parameters and provide a novel cross-validation of Schwartz’s model. Moreover, the sinusoidal waveform test can be applied to other circumplex models in social, affective and cognitive neuroscience.


Zacharopoulus, G., Hanel, P., Lancaster, T., Ihssen, N., Drakesmith, M., Foley, S., …Linden, D. (2017). Nonlinear associations between human values and neuroanatomy. Social Neuroscience, 12(6), 673-684.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 16, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 21, 2016
Publication Date Nov 2, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 17, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2017
Journal Social Neuroscience
Print ISSN 1747-0919
Electronic ISSN 1747-0927
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 6
Pages 673-684


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Social Neuroscience on 21/09/2016, available online at:

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