Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain

PsyBlog:

University of Michigan Medical School has found that the body produces natural painkillers in response to social rejection, just as if it had suffered a physical injury (Hsu et al., 2013). The lead author, Assistant Professor David T. Hsu, explained:

“This is the first study to peer into the human brain to show that the opioid system is activated during social rejection. In general, opioids [are] released during social distress and isolation in animals, but where this occurs in the human brain has not been shown until now.”

Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain — PsyBlog.

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