Does Social Pain Really Hurt?. Social and Physical Pain. Physical Pain “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”. Social Pain
Evolutionary:How did the mechanisms for physical pain and the mechanisms for social pain develop independently, but work cooperatively? How does the development of maternal care in modern mammalian species act as an adaptation from their reptilian ancestors? How did these adaptations increase fitness among mammals?
Physiological:How similar is the neural mechanism for social pain to the neural mechanism for physical pain? Do similar hormones get released throughout the body in response to physical and emotional pain?
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