Neuroscientists use MRI scans to find disagreeing too stressful for some

Monash university scientists Juan Dominguez, left, and Pascal Molenberghs studied the mental stress and discomfort that occurs during a disagreement. Photo: Joe Armao Neuroscientists have discovered your friend or partner might not be agreeing to everything you suggest because you’re always right, but because their brains find the actual act of disagreeing too stressful. Researchers from Monash University have found people who usually agree with other people actually experience high levels of mental stress and discomfort when they had to disagree with a statement. This stress could make people more susceptible to peer pressure and bad advice, such as bad financial advice. The thought of disagreeing with a group of friends or a financial adviser can be so stressful for these people that they agree to plans, even if bad…


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