Being rejected is among the most “painful” human experiences. Research in our laboratory aims to discover why this is true. We are also interested in understanding the processes that allow people to cope effectively with rejection rather than become consumed by it.
Kross, E., Berman, M., Mischel, W., Smith, E.E., & Wager, T. (2011). Social rejection shares somatosensory representations with physical pain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(15), 6270-6275.