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Hi, I need help with essay on Neural Correlates of Envy and Schadenfreude. Paper must be at least 500 words. Please, no plagiarized work!Download file to see previous pages... It is a described as a '
Hi, I need help with essay on Neural Correlates of Envy and Schadenfreude. Paper must be at least 500 words. Please, no plagiarized work!Download file to see previous pages...
It is a described as a 'painful emotion' and possibly even results in the envious person feeling excluded from his social or professional circle.
On the other hand, schadenfreude is the rewarding feeling often derived when misfortune visits the person one envied. The close relationship and the mechanisms of these contradictory but closely connected emotions were explored and documented in this research report.
The emotions experienced by the volunteers were recorded through brain-mapping. In other words brain activation associated with envy and schadenfreude was scanned by functional magnetic resonance imaging.
After the scans the participants were also asked to rate the intensity of envy or schadenfreude they experienced on a scale of 1-6. Expected results were validated with material from an initial survey.
The researchers established that envy occurs only when the status, occupation, social group etc is similar or comparable. They also prove that we do not evaluate objects by their actual value but give them a value based on a comparative scale much like 'keeping up with the joneses'. "We often evaluate the self and others from social comparisons" say the authors at the start of their paper, setting the pace of their research report.