NEW PAPER with U Pitt colleagues on behavioural sensitivity to social rank

Congrats to Jade Adalbert, whose Directed Studies project in the lab is part of a joint publication with our colleagues in Pittsburgh Psychiatry, published this week in PlosOne. This paper presents a new behavioural task to assess responses to social defeat and victory in a competitive game that involves a social hierarchy (effectively, a league table). We show associations between the two main behavioural measures and narcissistic personality traits, and in a further clinical sample tested in Pittsburgh, associations with depression.

Szücs A, Szanto K, Adalbert J, Wright AGC, Clark L, Dombrovski AY. Status, rivalry and admiration-seeking in narcissism and depression: a behavioral study. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0243588. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0243588

The COBRA task (Competitive Behavioral assessment of Rivalry and Admiration-seeking) is openly available at