Scientists Isolate Jealousy In The Brain

February 18, 2009

Japan (ChattahBox) – Researchers have located two important  parts of the brain; one that activates jealousy, and one that creates pleasure at the misfortune of others.

The study, which followed nineteen college age students, worked to monitor the brain on scans as they told the students to talk about someone more successful then they were, who had been a rival. The scans showed significant activity in the frontal lobe, lighting up in the same area that causes physical pain.

Next, they were given stories in which the rival was made to suffer, through various painful scenarios. Scans showed an activation in the area of the brain that stimulates pleasure.

“We have a saying in Japanese: ‘The misfortunes of others are the taste of honey,’” Hidehiko Takahashi, head of the research project, commented

“The ventral striatum is processing that ‘honey.’”


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