Social Pain is a phenomenon characterized by a pain induced by the threat of loss or disruption of a social bond like rejection, ostracism and exclusion. To investigate the effects of ostracism, we developed a chat room task during my first PIBIC funded by Mackenzie Presbyterian Institute. Our results showed that the task was able to induce a significant effect on exclusion perception, pain, sadness, meaning of existence and belonging when comparing participants submitted to the ostracized group versus those in the inclusion group. In the ongoing PIBIC (ending in February 2014), we are evaluating the neuromodulatory effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in emotional and behavioral reactions after participating in the chat room. In this project submitted to FAPESP, we aimed to investigate the neuromodulatory effects of tDCS applied in another cortical structure: the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. This project is part of the project entitled "Social Modulation of Pain - Experiments with brain stimulation, electrophysiology and behavioral responses" approved by CNPq (Edital Universal) coordinated by Prof. Dr. Paulo Sérgio Boggio.
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