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The Pain of Social Rejection: Breaking and Restoring Bonds with Others Seminar

School of Psychology
16:00 - 17:30
21 October 2010
School of Psychology, Room 3095, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Barbara Seiter on +44 (0) 23 8059 5578 or email .

Event details

Most psychologists agree that people have a fundamental need for positive and lasting relationships. Yet there is wide disagreement regarding the causes of responses to social exclusion.

The current talk seeks to resolve the mystery of responses to social exclusion in three ways. First, evidence will be presented that answers the question of what inner responses exclusion influences. Second,the speaker will present behavioral and neuroimaging evidence regarding whether exclusion is painful and, if so, what pharmacological interventions can reducethat pain. Third, the speaker will explore whether threatening the need to belong increases the desire for affiliation on explicit and implicit measures.

Speaker information

Dr C. Nathan DeWall, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, USA. The DeWall Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky investigates how the human need for positive and lasting relationships influences cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes. We also conduct research on the effects of self-regulation and its depletion on a variety of outcomes.

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