New York Magazine: Brain Scans Can Help Explain Why Self-Affirmation Works

Chris Cascio’s recently published SCAN paper, “Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is reinforced by future orientation” was just featured in New York Magazine! Here’s a quick excerpt from the article,

“A lot of the time, it can feel like cognitive neuroscientists are scanning people’s brains just for the hell of it (Hey, let’s see which area lights up when we get people to do this or that). This study is important for showing how brain-imaging research can be used to complement and illuminate psychological perspectives, in this case helping to explain and improve upon a well-researched self-help technique. As the researchers put it in science speak: ‘We find novel evidence that a future frame may act synergistically with value-based self-affirmations to bolster a sense of self prior to threat exposure.'”

Check out the full article: Brain Scans Can Help Explain Why Self-Affirmation Works

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