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Blind rage – how anger slows thinking in the brain

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Research just published in the Journal of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience by a team of scientists from the University of Sussex, Maastricht University, Campus de la Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitari Quirón Dexeus, Barcelona, the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milan, Leiden University and Ohio State University has shown that while people who are angry are often quick to respond to situations they actually slow down their thinking and their ability to respond physically also slows.

Research to now has understood anger as a ‘positive motivational emotion’, explained in the research thus: “Anger is linked to ‘high optimism, positive expectations and experiences of high coping potential’… and, importantly, anger is associated with perceived task ease”.

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