Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

Mind

Your neuro-personality in graphics

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 25, 2009 6:16 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

The Neurocritic points me to a paper, The brain structural disposition to social interaction:

Social reward dependence (RD) in humans is a stable pattern of attitudes and behaviour hypothesized to represent a favourable disposition towards social relationships and attachment as a personality dimension. It has been theorized that this long-term disposition to openness is linked to the capacity to process primary reward. Using brain structure measures from magnetic resonance imaging, and a measure of RD from Cloninger's temperament and character inventory, a self-reported questionnaire, in 41 male subjects sampled from a general population birth cohort, we investigated the neuro-anatomical basis of social RD. We found that higher social RD in men was significantly associated with increased gray matter density in the orbitofrontal cortex, basal ganglia and temporal lobes, regions that have been previously shown to be involved in processing of primary rewards. These findings provide evidence for a brain structural disposition to social interaction, and that sensitivity to social reward shares a common neural basis with systems for processing primary reward information.

The primary figure, reedited for easy viewing on the page-width of this weblog:

placeholder

Fig. 1 - Regions in which gray matter density (GMD) is associated with reward dependence. Mean gray matter density was extracted from each of the clusters that we identified using linear regression, transformed into Z-scores, and plotted versus RD. The lines represent the best fit for the associations when adjusted for total gray matter volume. See The Neurocritic for real commentary!

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In