A recent study found that naturally aggressive people feel inspired and determined when exposed to violent media, as opposed to non-aggressive men, who felt more nervous. The study could influence programs designed to reduce aggressive behavior in children.
via Medical News Today:
When the participants with aggressive traits were not watching any movies, the researchers observed that they had unusually high brain activity in regions known to be active when not doing anything in particular, which the team says suggests these participants have a different “brain function map” than those lacking aggressive traits.
Additionally, when the aggressive men were watching scenes from violent movies, they had less brain activity in the orbitofrontal cortex – a brain region associated with emotion-related decision making and self-control – compared with the non-aggressive group.
The men from the aggressive group also said they felt more inspired and determined and less upset or nervous than the non-aggressive men while watching the violent movies versus the non-violent movies.