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Whether we are anxious before a job interview, struggle after a breakup, or feel sad after loosing a loved one - family and friends often make us feel better. This social support helps us to successfully regulate our emotions, which is essential our general wellbeing, mental health, performance at work and personal and professional relationships. The social regulation of emotion refers to one individual (the regulator) deliberately attempting to change the emotional response of another individual (the target).


Social emotion regulation is important because self-regulation can fail and be challenging for individuals that have generally reduced self-regulatory capacities. Despite the continuous growth in emotion regulation literature, the neuronal underpinnings of social emotion regulation still remain largely unknown.


In this project we investigate how people implement emotion regulation strategies proposed by others and which strategies are most powerful to regulate emotions of others.

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With a little help from my friends: the effect of social proximity on emotion regulation-related brain activity

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