Journal article

Feeling Hurt: Revisiting the Relationship Between Social and Physical Pain

Laura J Ferris, Jolanda Jetten, Matthew J Hornsey, Brock Bastian

Review of General Psychology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019


Pain overlap theory has generated decades of controversy and still receives considerable research attention. A major advance has been the revelation that social and physical pain activate similar neural regions, providing suggestive evidence of a “piggybacked” alarm system that coevolved to detect social exclusion. Recent developments, however, have brought neural evidence for pain overlap into question. We analyze these developments from a social psychological perspective and identify the need for a reformulated approach. To meet this need, we provide a framework that a priori predicts generalized overlap and specific divergence across a range of biopsychosocial domains. The framework point..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a University of Queensland Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Graduate Student International Travel Award (Laura Ferris) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (Brock Bastian and Jolanda Jetten, DP140103716).