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dc.contributor.authorNeoh, Michelle Jin-Yeeen_US
dc.contributor.authorAzhari, Atiqahen_US
dc.contributor.authorMulatti, Claudioen_US
dc.contributor.authorBornstein, Marc H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorEsposito, Gianlucaen_US
dc.identifier.citationNeoh, 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.0229316en_US
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPLoS ONEen_US
dc.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.en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Psychologyen_US
dc.titleDisapproval from romantic partners, friends and parents : source of criticism regulates prefrontal cortex activityen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Social Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US
dc.description.acknowledgementGE received funding from Nanyang Technological University (NAP-SUG).en_US
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