The Common Pain of Surrealism and Death

  title={The Common Pain of Surrealism and Death},
  author={Daniel Randles and Steven J. Heine and Nathan Santos},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={966 - 973}
The meaning-maintenance model posits that any violation of expectations leads to an affective experience that motivates compensatory affirmation. We explore whether the neural mechanism that responds to meaning threats can be inhibited by acetaminophen, in the same way that acetaminophen inhibits physical pain or the distress caused by social rejection. In two studies, participants received either acetaminophen or a placebo and were provided with either an unsettling experience or a control… 

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