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The pursuit of social acceptance: Aberrant conformity in social anxiety disorder

Feng, Chunliang and Cao, Jianqin and Li, Yingli and Wu, Haiyan and Mobbs, Dean (2018) The pursuit of social acceptance: Aberrant conformity in social anxiety disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 13 (8). pp. 809-817. ISSN 1749-5016. PMCID PMC6123523. doi:10.1093/scan/nsy052. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180716-103227541

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Abstract

The defining pathological features of social anxiety disorder primarily concern the social landscape, yet few empirical studies have examined the potentially aberrant behavioral and neural patterns in this population using socially interactive paradigms. We addressed this issue by investigating the behavioral and neural patterns associated with social conformity in patients with social anxiety disorder. We recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) when healthy subjects (n = 19), and patients with social anxiety disorder (n = 20) made attractiveness judgements of unfamiliar others, while at the same time, being exposed to congruent/incongruent peer ratings. Afterwards, participants were asked to rerate the same faces without the presence of peer ratings. Compared to healthy controls, social anxiety disorder patients exhibited more positive attitudes to unfamiliar others and conformed more with peers-higher feedback. These behavioral effects were in parallel with neural responses associated with social conflict in the N400 signal, showing higher conformity to peers-higher feedback compared to peers-lower or peers-agree feedback among social anxiety disorder patients. Our findings provide evidence on the behavioral and neural patterns of social anxiety disorder during social interactions, and support the hypothesis that individuals with social anxiety disorder are more motivated to pursue social acceptance and possibly avoid social rejection.


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Wu, Haiyan0000-0001-8869-6636
Mobbs, Dean0000-0003-1175-3772
Additional Information:© The Author(s) (2018). Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits noncommercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Received: 19 March 2018. Revision Received: 29 May 2018. Accepted: 28 June 2018. Published: 06 July 2018. The author would like to thank Erik C. Nook for sharing their conformity paradigm. We acknowledge the funding from CAS Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science (Y5CX052003), Institute of Psychology, National Natural Science Foundation of China (31400963 and U1736125) to H.W.; the National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative Talents (BX201600019), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2017M610055), National Natural Science Foundation of China (31500920) to C.F. Conflict of interest. None declared.
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Chinese Academy of SciencesY5CX052003
National Natural Science Foundation of China31400963
National Natural Science Foundation of ChinaU1736125
National Postdoctoral Program for Innovative TalentsBX201600019
China Postdoctoral Science Foundation2017M610055
National Natural Science Foundation of China31500920
Subject Keywords:social anxiety disorder, social conformity, event-related potential, N400, kindness, social acceptance
Issue or Number:8
PubMed Central ID:PMC6123523
DOI:10.1093/scan/nsy052
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Official Citation:Chunliang Feng, Jianqin Cao, Yingli Li, Haiyan Wu, Dean Mobbs; The pursuit of social acceptance: aberrant conformity in social anxiety disorder, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Volume 13, Issue 8, 5 September 2018, Pages 809–817, https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsy052
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