Friday, February 13, 2009

The neurocognitive mechanism of envy and schadenfreude

"This means that people who tend to have higher pain or conflict are more likely to have a strong pleasant feeling once they are relieved from this pain...At the same time, ventral striatum activation without receiving an actual reward indicates that we did not evaluate objects solely by their absolute value but that social comparison plays a substantial role in evaluation (from Science)."

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