Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why We Hate-Read

Why We Hate-Read -- Science of Us: "Evidence from brain science — albeit evidence of an early, circumstantial variety — can offer the outlines of an answer. Take a 2008 PLOS ONE study led by the brain researchers Semir Zeki and John Paul Romaya, in which they tried to better understand the neural underpinnings of hate by scanning the brains of subjects while they viewed the faces of their enemies (one of the subjects, tellingly, chose a political figure rather than a personal enemy). They were surprised by one of their findings. “[M]ost intriguingly,” they wrote, “the network [associated with hate] involves regions of the putamen and the insula that are almost identical to the ones activated by passionate, romantic, love.” "