delanceyplace.com 12/4/13 -
In today's selection -- from Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew D. Lieberman.
"Using fMRI scanning technology, neuroscientists have determined that the same part of the brain that processes physical pain -- a cut or a punch -- also processes emotional pain such as exclusion, rejection or lost love. It is known as the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC). So it no accident that we refer to emotional pain with physical references -- "it was like a punch in the gut" or "she broke my heart" -- and the effects on the brain can be as or more devastating."