Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Depression Affects Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’

WARWICK, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Researchers in Britain and China, using brain imaging, found depression frequently seems to uncouple the brain’s so-called hate circuit.

Jianfeng Feng of the University of Warwick and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain activity in 39 depressed people — 23 female, 16 male — and 37 control subjects who were not depressed — 14 female 23 male.

Earlier research by Semir Zeki of University College London found a circuit that seemed to connect three regions in the brain — the superior frontal gyrus, insula and putamen — when test subjects were shown pictures of people they hated, which Feng said may be thought of as a hate circuit.

The current study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found the fMRI scans revealed significant differences in the brain circuitry of the two groups.

“The results are clear but at first sight are puzzling as we know that depression is often characterized by intense self loathing and there is no obvious indication that depressives are less prone to hate others,” Feng said in a statement. “One possibility is that the uncoupling of this hate circuit could be associated with impaired ability to control and learn from social or other situations which provoke feelings of hate toward self or others.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Depression Affects Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.