What are the effects of social rejection on the brain?
If the external circumstance can not change, how can the impact on the brain be reduced?
What is the average sensitivity to social rejection and are some not effect by it?
Any points in the right direction are helpful.
So far I have found only 1 study (Eisenberger et al., 2003) summarized as follows (but unable to make any conclusions):
A ball is passed to a group of students except for one student, who does not know what the experiment is. When the ball is not passed to the "excluded" student, the brain of that excluded lights up in the same place as in physical pain.
- Eisenberger, N. I., Lieberman, M. D., & Williams, K. D. (2003). Does rejection hurt? An fMRI study of social exclusion. Science, 302(5643), 290-292.