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Title: Disapproval from romantic partners, friends and parents : source of criticism regulates prefrontal cortex activity
Authors: Neoh, Michelle Jin-Yee
Azhari, Atiqah
Mulatti, Claudio
Bornstein, Marc H.
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Neoh, M. J.-Y., Azhari, A., Mulatti, C., Bornstein, M. H., & Esposito, G. (2020) Disapproval from romantic partners, friends and parents : source of criticism regulates prefrontal cortex activity. PLoS ONE, 15(10), e0229316-. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0229316
Project: NAP-SUG
Journal: PLoS ONE
Abstract: The prevalence of criticism in everyday social situations, and its empirically demonstrated association with psychopathology, highlight the importance of understanding neural mechanisms underlying the perception and response of individuals to criticism. However, neuroimaging studies to date have been limited largely to maternal criticism. The present study aims to investigate neural responses to observing criticism occurring in the context of three different relationship types: romantic partners, friends, and parents-from a third-party perspective. 49 participants were recruited and asked to rate the perceived criticism for these relationships. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy was used to measure changes in oxygenated haemoglobin levels in the prefrontal cortex when participants read vignettes describing three different scenarios of criticism. Participants were randomly assigned to 3 groups where the given description of the relationship of the protagonist to the source of criticism for each vignette was randomised. A significant interaction between relationship type and perceived criticism ratings for mothers was found in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Compared to low perceived criticism, high perceived criticism individuals showed increased activation reading vignettes describing criticism from romantic partners and parents but decreased activation for those from friends. Findings contribute to understanding neural responses to criticism as observed from a third-party perspective. Future studies can look into differentiating neural responses of personalised experiences of criticism and third-party observations.
ISSN: 1932-6203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229316
Rights: © 2020 Neoh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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