Emotional Brain: More Rage, Temper Tantrums May Be Result Of Smaller Brain Size

Temper tantrums and explosions of rage are typically written off as features of a bad attitude, or some negative personality trait. But new research suggests there may be more behind rage than previously believed. The study, conducted by University of Chicago researchers and published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, found that people who have frequent rage attacks had smaller brain regions associated with emotions. Instead of simply calling it rage, the researchers refer to the condition as intermittent explosive disorder (IED) — defined as impulsive, frequent, and violent outbursts that are an overreaction to the situation. Previously, researchers believed that IED was caused by the environment (for example, growing up in abusive homes), genetics, or an imbalance in brain chemistry. Of course, a huge amount of things…


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