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Title: Neural correlates underlying change in state self-esteem
Authors: Kawamichi, Hiroaki
Sugawara, Sho K.
Hamano, Yuki H.
Kitada, Ryo
Nakagawa, Eri
Kochiyama, Takanori
Sadato, Norihiro
Keywords: State Self-esteem
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Kawamichi, H., Sugawara, S. K., Hamano, Y. H., Kitada, R., Nakagawa, E., Kochiyama, T., et al. (2018). Neural correlates underlying change in state self-esteem. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1798-.
Series/Report no.: Scientific Reports
Abstract: State self-esteem, the momentary feeling of self-worth, functions as a sociometer involved in maintenance of interpersonal relations. How others’ appraisal is subjectively interpreted to change state self-esteem is unknown, and the neural underpinnings of this process remain to be elucidated. We hypothesized that changes in state self-esteem are represented by the mentalizing network, which is modulated by interactions with regions involved in the subjective interpretation of others’ appraisal. To test this hypothesis, we conducted task-based and resting-state fMRI. Participants were repeatedly presented with their reputations, and then rated their pleasantness and reported their state self-esteem. To evaluate the individual sensitivity of the change in state self-esteem based on pleasantness (i.e., the subjective interpretation of reputation), we calculated evaluation sensitivity as the rate of change in state self-esteem per unit pleasantness. Evaluation sensitivity varied across participants, and was positively correlated with precuneus activity evoked by reputation rating. Resting-state fMRI revealed that evaluation sensitivity was positively correlated with functional connectivity of the precuneus with areas activated by negative reputation, but negatively correlated with areas activated by positive reputation. Thus, the precuneus, as the part of the mentalizing system, serves as a gateway for translating the subjective interpretation of reputation into state self-esteem.
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-20074-0
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