Neuroscientist finds a possible way to end violent crime

The ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus is the location where violent intentions that range from bullying to murder first develop prior to a violent act. Dr. Dayu Lin, an assistant professor at the Neuroscience Institute at the New York University Langone Medical Center, is the first to find the part of the animal brain that produces violent intent. The discovery was reported in the March 7, 2016, edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience.Lin observed the behavior of mice using probes inserted into the brains of the mice. The probes measured nerve activity before, during, and after mice planned to attack another mouse. Brain activity in the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus increased dramatically even when the mice could only smell another mouse. Brain activity peaked at ten times…


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