The Role of Self-Esteem in Social Feedback: An fMRI Study


  • Maite van der Miesen University of Amsterdam University of Leiden


In this study we investigated the role of trait self-esteem in social feedback in 53 women, using questionnaires and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Results showed that women with higher trait self-esteem did not feel worse after social feedback and showed brain activity during negative feedback in areas involved in emotion regulation. Women with lower trait self-esteem did feel worse after social feedback and showed more brain activity during positive feedback compared to negative and neutral feedback. We concluded that women with lower trait self-esteem display a preference for positive feedback and do not cope effectively with negative feedback.


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van der Miesen, M. (2015). The Role of Self-Esteem in Social Feedback: An fMRI Study. Student Undergraduate Research E-Journal!, 1. Retrieved from



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