"The Pain of Rejection: The Sweet and Bitter of Relationships" Featuring Nathan DeWall

Created by Elizabeth Uva Employee on Mar 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at This is a pre-recorded webinar

Starts at 5:00 PM ยท Ends on Mar 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)

  • Elizabeth Uva


Nathan DeWall





Like a sweet snack, social acceptance is pleasant, rewarding, and, in moderate amounts, associated with good health.  Social rejection, in contrast, thwarts the fundamental need for positive and lasting relationships, which strikes at the core of well-being.


In this session, Nathan DeWall explores the research on the impact of social rejection on the way we think, feel, and act.  He begins with the influence of social rejection on a variety of responses - from self-regulation to aggression - then looks at the links between social rejection and physical pain processes.  The talk concludes with an illustration about how people cope with social rejection.




Nathan DeWall is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College, a Master’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. DeWall received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified DeWall as a “Rising Star” for “making significant contributions to the field of psychological science.”


DeWall conducts research on close relationships, self-control, and aggression. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he has published over 120 scientific articles and chapters. DeWall’s research awards include the SAGE Young Scholars award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. His research has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Good Morning America,Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, and National Public Radio. DeWall blogs for Psychology Today. He has lectured nationally and internationally, including in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, and Australia.

This is a pre-recorded webinar