What triggers rage? New research sheds light

Some people can experience unprovoked, violent outbursts that they are unable to control. But where do these fits of rage come from? A new study may offer clues.The team says their findings may help us understand what triggers rage in humans and other animals. Senior investigator Dayu Lin, PhD, of the Druckenmiller Neuroscience Institute at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center, and colleagues found that sudden, violent behavior in male mice was associated with changes in a brain structure called the lateral septum. Furthermore, they found they could turn aggression on and off in the mice by activating certain brain cells in this region. The researchers say their findings – published in the journal Current Biology – could help us better understand what triggers aggression in other animals, including…

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