Experiential, Neurocognitive, and Genetic Correlates
This chapter suggests that the need for social connection is a fundamental need and that like other basic needs, a lack of social connection can feel “painful” an experience that has been termed “social pain”. It reviews two studies that utilized functional neuroimaging methodologies to examine whether the dorsal portion of the anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) is sensitive to: (1) the experience of social pain in humans and (2) cues that predict social pain in humans (“disapproving facial expressions”). A third study examined the extent to which sensitivity to one type of pain relates to sensitivity to the other, as well as whether activating one type of pain heightens sensitivity to the other. The chapter then highlights some of the extensions of this work by reviewing three studies that examined whether neural responses to social pain relate to and can help us understand real-world social phenomena.
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