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Why We Snap: The Neuroscience of Sudden Aggression

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“Why We Snap: The Neuroscience of Sudden Aggression”

R. Douglas Fields, PhD

Neuroscientist and Author at NIH

Dr. Fields will be speaking about the mechanisms of sudden acts of anger and violence – from the everyday to the extreme – from a neuroscience perspective. Daily headlines are filled with examples of rational people with no history of violence or mental illness suddenly snapping in a domestic dispute, bar room brawl, or road-rage attack. It is natural for humans to want to be in control of ones’ actions, but the truth is that the right trigger in the right circumstances can unleash a fit of rage in almost anyone. As explained in his latest book, Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in the Brain (Dutton/Penguin), the neuroscience of threat detection is responsible for both sudden aggression and heroism. Dr. Fields will discuss the nine triggers that cause people to snap and how one can defuse them.

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