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Causes and consequences of aggression
David S. Chester Ph.D.
Many psychopaths walk among us. What skills do they learn that allow them to remain successful members of society?
How we determine what acts are aggressive is more complex than you might think.
Why do some psychopaths get ahead in life? It may be because of a brain advantage that allows them to control their impulses.
How can we study harmful behaviors without actually hurting anyone?
Violence inflicts massive costs on our public health. A new federal health institute may be part of the solution.
How can we best measure someone's tendency to self-harm? Voodoo dolls may present a promising new psychometric avenue.
Why do some people lash out immediately while others bide their time for revenge? A new fMRI study looks to the brain for clues.
Why are sadists aggressive? They turn your suffering into their satisfaction.
People who feel rejected often seek revenge. What explains the link between rejection and aggression?
How can you cope better with rejection? A recent study of the mindful brain reveals insights into effectively managing social pain.
Why do we hurt the ones we care for? The brain may treat them as strangers instead of intimate partners.
Drinking alcohol often makes people behave in an aggressive manner. But could the reverse be true?
David S. Chester, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, he studies the causes and consequences of aggression and rejection.