Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pain in Social Situations
Looking over the material about the cutaneous sense for my group project, I found how social situations can cause you physical pain to be very interesting. Through recent research, there is evidence that there is activation in the brain that are was thought to be just activated by physical pain, but not known can be activated by a stressful social situation. This area of the brain that is activated is the anterior cingulate cortex and on fMRI scans you can determine how activated it is during a particular situation. The ACC is activated when you have emotional suffering that is associated with physical pain and can be activated by the end of a relationship, feeling rejected, (etc.) as well as with actual injury to your body. Not only do you feel "pain" for your own social situations, but studies of shown watching a person you care about go through rough situation also shows activation your brain as well, however it is not as much activity going on in the ACC. I just found that emotional pain to have similar effects to the brain as physical pain to be very fascinating.