Most of us understand that low self-esteem can lead to depression and general unhappiness. Now, new research suggests it can also change the way our brains function.
Research published in the Oxford Journal Cerebral Cortex indicates that having low self-esteem can alter the manner in which our brains interpret social feedback. Conducted at Dartmouth, the study showed that people tend to be more sensitive to social cues when they suffer from low self-esteem.
In conducting their study, researchers placed 50 participants in magnetic resonance imaging scanners while they looked at 400 images featuring an array of men and women. As the machine took MRI photographs of their brains, the participants offered predictions on whether or not they would be liked by each photographed person. After the test, the researchers asked each subject to fill out a questionnaire that assessed their levels of self-esteem.
In the end, the study showed that participants with low self-esteem demonstrated greater activity in two individual brain regions: the vACC (ventral anterior cingulate cortex) and mPFC (medial prefrontal cortex). These same people were more apt to believe that the people in the photographs would respond to them negatively.
Although some people have cognitive traits that make them overly sensitive to social criticism and embarrassment; others have valid physical reasons for their insecurities. Sometimes, people treat others poorly, because they are overweight. Other times, people look down on others, because they have dental flaws which make them seem unintelligent or unattractive.
In an ideal world, society would accept us no matter what we looked like. In the actual world, however, things are quite a bit different. If gapped, yellow or crooked teeth are holding you back professionally or socially, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins can help.
Call their office today to find out how modern dental veneers can give you greater self-esteem by making your teeth a positive force in your life.
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3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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