Physical Pain and Social Rejection

Researchers demonstrate that our brain responds to social rejection in a similar way with physical pain. This research add more evidence for embodiment hypothesis. The authors write: “They [the results] are also consistent with research on “embodiment,” which suggests that somatosensory processing is integral to the experience of emotion.”

Krossa, Bermana, Mischelb, Smithb &  Wagerd (2011), “Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain”, in PNAS 108: 15, pp6270-6275, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1102693108 .

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