Genetic Link Between Physical Pain And Social Rejection Found

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 21:28 in Psychology & Sociology

Psychologists have determined for the first time that a gene linked with physical pain sensitivity is associated with social pain sensitivity as well. The research gives weight to the common notion that rejection "hurts" by showing that a gene that regulates the body's most potent painkillers are involved in socially painful experiences too.

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