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The benefits of social contact

Association for Psychological Science

Have you ever wondered why people surrounded by friends or family appear happier and healthier? University of Virginia psychologist James Coan will set out to answer this question when he addresses the Association for Psychological Science's annual convention in Washington, DC, May 24th-27th.

Coan's research lies at the intersection of social psychology and neuroscience and is sure to provide intriguing insights into how social contact promotes health and well being by focusing on the function of social regulation when responding with emotions to a wide array of life's stressors.

His presentation will explore the social regulation of neural circuits responsive to fear, using an experimental paradigm that blends functional neuroimaging with supportive social interaction and emotional stress.

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For more information on the APS 19th Annual Convention and to browse the interactive program, please visit: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention.

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