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Social NeuroscienceToward Understanding the Underpinnings of the Social Mind$
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Alexander Todorov, Susan Fiske, and Deborah Prentice

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195316872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195316872.001.0001

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Why Symbolic Processing of Affect Can Disrupt Negative Affect

Why Symbolic Processing of Affect Can Disrupt Negative Affect

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Investigations

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(p.188) Chapter 13 Why Symbolic Processing of Affect Can Disrupt Negative Affect
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Social Neuroscience
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Matthew D. Lieberman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195316872.003.0013

This chapter examines the neurocognitive mechanisms of disruption effects, the process by which putting feelings into words can disrupt the feelings being verbalized. Putting feelings into words activates a region of the brain that is capable of inhibiting various aspects of immediate experience, including affective distress. Although why the brain evolved such that putting feelings into words has this neurocognitive effect is unknown, knowing that it does allows the study of various aspects of this process in the future and its contribution to various social and affective experience in healthy and clinical populations.

Keywords:   neurocognitive mechanisms, feelings, clinical populations, disruption, experience, affective distress

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