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Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain

02/01/16 - Monday on Topical Currents: The most placid, understanding person can reach an overpowering breaking point--when even violence is considered.  But what’s the brain science behind that moment? We’ll address the matter with Dr. R. Douglas Fields, a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health. He’s written about it in WHY WE SNAP:  Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.  He says there are nine triggers. Yet, mass shootings such as Sandy Hook or Bernardino are NOT the result of the circuit. Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm.

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