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Strategies for modulating the perception of social pain: human touch and transcranial stimulation by continuous Currentne

Grant number: 18/22731-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Cognitive Psychology
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Paulo Sérgio Boggio
Grantee:Beatriz de Oliveira Ribeiro
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM). Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Emotion points to intrapersonal mechanisms and processes and different emotions are elicited by different events. Emotions are also understood as a set of responses that involve muscle tension, release of hormones, changes in heart rate, facial expressions, attention and cognition, among others. In this way causes changes in human behavior, subjectivity and physiology. The process of categorization and judgment is part of human subjectivity and can be understood as an emotion, being an important tool for human survival. From the categorization made by human beings arise the experiences of rejection, exclusion and even social loss (be it something or someone) and these three aspects are considered as the most painful that individuals can face. From this, we can understand Social Pain as the experiences of loss, being they, loss of potential, social connection, social value and social rejection. In this sense, the study searches through two strategies for the perception of social pain. The strategies used in this study are the Human Touch that is able to communicate different emotions and can play an important role in the various forms of social communication and Transcranial Current Stimulation has been shown to be an efficient neuromodulation technique in the causal study between cortical structures and functions such as emotional processing.

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