Authors:Anita Deák, Regina Balázs, Tímea Fodor, Ádám Csery, Zsófia Hanna Bulla, Veronika Erdélyi, Júlia Kopácsi, Anetta Lázár, Fanni Szecsei, and Tamás Bereczkei
Studies conducted in the framework of Jaak Panksepp's Affective Neuroscience Theory provide a new approach to understand the emotional basis of personality. The Affective Neuroscience Personality Scales (ANPS) developed by Panksepp and Davis is a common and widely used self-report tool to measure primary emotional traits. The ANPS consist of three positive scales (SEEK, CARE, PLAY), three negative scales (ANGER, SADNESS, FEAR), and Spirituality. Although the ANPS is available in 15 languages, the Hungarian version has not been developed, yet. The aim of the current study is to fill in this gap and report the result of the Hungarian version. Healthy adults (N = 910) participated in a cross-sectional study and filled in the Behavioral Inhibition and Activation Scales (BIS/BAS), and the Positive and Negative Affective Scales (PANAS). Reliability values of all ANPS scales are good (Cronbach-α = 0.74–0,90). The confirmatory factor analysis supported both the two-factor model and the six-factor model of the emotional traits. The findings of the convergent and discriminative validity are as expected. The Hungarian version of the ANPS has good psychometric properties, and it is suitable for measuring the six primary emotional traits. The ANPS is an appropriate self-report tool for studies in the field of affective neuroscience, clinical psychology, and cross-cultural research.