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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (9): 1422-1426.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01422

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Neurophysiological mechanism of self-esteem

WANG Yi-Nan   

  1. (Beijing Key Laboratory of Applied Experimental Psychology, School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China)
  • Received:2016-01-11 Online:2016-09-15 Published:2016-09-15
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As a classical concept in social psychology, self-esteem has increasingly attracted the attention of neuroscientists. Existing studies show that trait self-esteem and state self-esteem have both common and specific neural mechanisms. More importantly, trait self-esteem can modulate state self-esteem by exerting influence on an individual’s brain and neuroendocrine reactivity. Future research is needed to develop an integrated model for revealing the complicated relationship among types of self-esteem, the brain, and neuroendocrine function.

Key words: trait self-esteem, state self-esteem, neuroimaging, hippocampus, stress