Washington: A new study has found that being rejected by another person makes your heart rate drop for a moment. Research has shown that the brain processes physical and social pain in some of the same regions. Bregtje Gunther Moor, Eveline A. Crone, and Maurits W. van der Molen of the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University in the Netherlands wanted to find out how social pain affects you physically.
Heart rate was also affected after they were told the other person’s opinion-if they were told the other student didn’t like them, the heart dropped further, and was slower to get back up to the usual rate. The results suggest that the autonomic nervous system, which controls such functions as digestion and circulation, gets involved when you’re socially rejected. “Unexpected social rejection could literally feel ‘heartbreaking,’ as reflected by a transient slowing of heart rate,” the researchers wrote.The study is published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ANI
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