With a little help from my friends: The effect of social proximity on emotion regulation-related brain activity
Carmen Morawetz, Stella Berboth, Stefan Bode
NEUROIMAGE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2021
When experiencing negative emotions, individuals often reach out for social support to help regulate their emotions. In times of an acute crisis, however, close friends might not be available, and physical closeness might be impossible. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study investigated the effect of social proximity on the effectiveness of social support for regulating emotions and the underlying neural mechanisms. Participants regulated their emotions in response to negative images either alone (intrapersonal regulation), or with help of a picture and supporting sentence provided by the best friend, or by a stranger (interpersonal regulation). Regulation success was enhan..View full abstract
Awarded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Awarded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action
This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Grant MO 2041/2-1 and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action 795994 to C.M.