Telling young husbands how to fix their problems
Gunther, Max Louis
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The current study employs a social neuroscience paradigm to investigate husband s neuroaffective reactions to advice and support. Nine husbands listened to advice statements from their wives in a functional magnetic resonance imaging scanner (fMRI). Advice statements were categorized as either high or low in self-relevance for the husbands as described by the Self Evaluation Maintenance model (SEM) proposed by Tesser (1988). SEM predicts that partners will engage in more affective processing of high relevance than low relevance advice. Results indicated that highly self-relevant advice was associated with greater activation in the left retrosplenial (RC) and dorsal medial prefrontal cortices (MPFC). Activation in the RC was significantly related to the husbands self-reported depressive symptomatology. Findings suggest that couples should avoid highly self relevant topics when attempting to provide support and that dysphoric individuals may interpret advice more negatively.