SATO Wataru Laboratory

Amygdala activity related to perceived social support

(Sato*, Kochiyama*, Uono, Sawada, & Yoshikawa (* equal contributors): Sci Rep)

Perceived social support enhances well-being and prevents stress-related ill-being.
A recent structural neuroimaging study reported that the amygdala volume is positively associated with perceived social support.
However, it remains unknown how neural activity in this region and functional connectivity (FC) between this and other regions are related to perceived social support.

To investigate these issues, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed to analyze the fractional amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (fALFF).
Perceived social support was evaluated using the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS).

Lower fALFF values in the bilateral amygdalae were associated with higher MSPSS scores.
Additionally, stronger FC between the left amygdala and right orbitofrontal cortex and between the left amygdala and bilateral precuneus were associated with higher MSPSS scores.

The present findings suggest that reduced amygdala activity and heightened connectivity between the amygdala and other regions underlie perceived social support and its positive functions.

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