Rejection & Physical Pain

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.

Sample Publications

Wager, T., Atlas, L.Y., Lindquist, M.A., Roy, M., Woo, C.W. & Kross, E. (2013). An fMRI-based neurologic signature of physical pain. The New England Journal of Medicine, 368, 1388-1397.

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.

Kross, E., Egner, T., Downey, G., Ochsner, K., & Hirsch, J. (2007). Neural dynamics of rejection sensitivity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 945-956.