About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Cradle of Anger in the Brain Discovered

by Rajashri on September 3, 2008 at 10:49 AM
Font : A-A+

 Cradle of Anger in the Brain Discovered

Different parts of the brain that light up when a person feels insulted have been identified by researchers at the University of New South Wales.

Lead researcher Dr. Thomas Denson says that this research may help discern why some people fly off the handle, while others will let their anger stew.

Advertisement

"The classic person who is provoked like that will respond immediately and just let you have it. That's general aggression," the Couriermail quoted Denson as saying.

"But then there are those people who don't respond right away, but will tend to ruminate and end up harming others later on - they're often the road ragers.
Advertisement

"We don't know what causes people to develop into these different personalities," he added.

During the study, Denson placed the participants insides a brain scanner, and told them that they were taking part in an experiment to test their "cognitive ability and mental imagery".

The subjects were given clear instructions to state their answers to anagrams, or say "no answer", and were interrupted by a researcher to ask them to speak louder.

On the fourth interruption, the researcher says rudely: "Look, this is the third time I have had to say this! Can't you follow directions?"

Denson says: "Provocation is subjective - but it is really when someone has a sense of being unjustly wronged in some way."

Analysing the findings from other similar blind tests, Denson came to the conclusion that anger was linked to a part of the brain called the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex.

The researcher further said that slowly mulling over an insult took place in the medial prefrontal cortex.

While Denson says that little is known about which brain regions are responsible for emotions and why people react differently, Dr Alan Keen of the University of Central Queensland believes that Australians are getting angrier.

"Anger is a sign of depression - so why are people in large cities more angry? There are some suggestions that it's our modern lifestyle," he says.

Keen thinks that reductions in leisure time, stressful commutes, and demanding jobs affect the chemical make-up of the brain.

"The chemistry of the brain changes with the environment. If I'm living in a big city with a busy job and I'm multi-tasking and I'm a busy parent then in the brain, all that translates into chemical changes," he says.

Source: ANI
RAS/M
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccines May Improve Mental Health
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Parkinsons Disease Parkinsons Disease Surgical Treatment Brain Brain Facts Ataxia Is Your Man Moody? Language Areas in The Brain Dealing with Anger Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) 

Recommended Reading
Brain Tumor
Brain tumors are the abnormal growth of brain cells that may be benign or metastatic. Brain tumors ....
Depression
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in ...
Parkinsons Disease
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by progressive dopamine brain cells loss. ...
Brilliant Human Brain - Animation
The most amazing and complex organ in the entire universe, the human brain continues to remain an .....
Ataxia
Ataxia affects coordination. Gait becomes unstable and the patient loses balance. The cerebellum or ...
Dealing with Anger
Anger management has become one of the daily life essentials today. Coping with anger is not tough a...
Is Your Man Moody?
Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have ...
Language Areas in The Brain
The mechanism of how human brain processes the language to express and comprehend the verbal, writte...
Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a psychological measure of human intelligence. Regular physical and me...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use