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What happens when we get angry? Hormonal, cardiovascular and asymmetrical brain responses.
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PMID:  20045413     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to evaluate neuroendocrine and cardiovascular responses together with changes in brain asymmetry following an anger mood induction laboratory task. Previous research has shown an increase in heart rate and blood pressure when anger is experienced. Increased testosterone and decreased cortisol in response to anger and aggressive behavior have also been reported. With regard to asymmetrical frontal brain activity and emotion, the valence model links negative affect (as anger) to the right hemisphere while the motivational direction model links approach-related emotions (as anger) to the left hemisphere. From the subjective perception and from the neuroendocrine and cardiovascular response of the subjects, we can conclude that the self-referent statement anger induction method by Engebretson et al. (1999) was able to generate an experience of an anger affect in 30 healthy men. Another question was to analyze the consequences of that experience upon perceptual asymmetry when measured with a non-emotional laterality task. Regarding dichotic listening, an enhanced REA (right ear advantage) was observed after anger which indicates greater left hemisphere activity, supporting the motivational direction model.
Neus Herrero; Marien Gadea; Gabriel Rodr?guez-Alarc?n; Ra?l Espert; Alicia Salvador
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-01-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hormones and behavior     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1095-6867     ISO Abbreviation:  Horm Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-08     Completed Date:  2010-06-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217764     Medline TA:  Horm Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  276-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Unitat de Psiquiatria i Psicologia M?dica, Facultat de Medicina, Departament Medicina, Universitat de Val?ncia, CIBERSAM, Val?ncia, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Affect / physiology
Analysis of Variance
Anger / physiology*
Auditory Perception / physiology*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Brain / physiology
Functional Laterality
Heart Rate / physiology*
Hydrocortisone / metabolism*
Neuropsychological Tests
Saliva / metabolism
Task Performance and Analysis
Testosterone / metabolism*
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
50-23-7/Hydrocortisone; 58-22-0/Testosterone

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