Watching a violent movie or watcing violence on the news, will make you feel more angry, aggressive, negative, and powerless. (Newberg, Andrew, MD, and Mark Robert Waldman. How God Changes Your Brain—Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist. p 140-141. NY: Ballantine Books, 2009.)

As compared to people who do not view violent movies, viewers of violent movies tend to believe there is more violence in the world. Consequently these individuals may be readier to respond violent to perceived threats (which may or may not be real). (Ornstein, Robert, PhD, and Paul Ehrlich. New World New Mind. p 91-93. MA: Malor Books, 1989, 2000.)

Animals that experienced violence early in life showed greater sensitivity to vasopressin, and had abnormal serotonin patterns. Researchers believe the same thing happens in people. (Brynie, Faith Hickman. 101 questions your brain has asked about itself but couldn’t answer until now. p 1225-129. NY: The Millbrook Press, 1998.)

Studies: adult criminal violence resulted from interaction of two or more internal factors (e.g., cognitive and/or neuropsychiatric deficits) with early negative family circumstances. Maltreatment during pregnancy and first 2 years after birth often leads to violent older children and adults. (Karr-Morse, Robin, and Meredith S. Wiley. Ghosts from the Nursery. p 10-15. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.)

Violence inevitably follows fear in its wake. In harmony there is no violence. (Chopra, Deepak, MD. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. p 27-30. NY: Harmony Books, 1993.)

When violent video games are played, they can create specialized killing centers in the brain (e.g., the brain devotes special circuits/dedicated networks to the game). (Quartz, Steven R., PhD, and Terrence J. Sejnowski, PhD. Liars, Lovers, and Heroes. p 212. NY: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2002.)

Prenatal injuries to the brain can cause damage to the developing fetal brain, evidence of which can be found in the brains of violent criminals. If extreme damage (e.g., interruption in neuronal migration) the fetus will likely be aborted. Milder malformations may be identified by a pathologist or detected later by a psychiatrist. (Karr-Morse, Robin, and Meredith S. Wiley. Ghosts from the Nursery. p 54. NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.)

Study: societies in which children were rarely touched affectionately had the highest rates of adult violence. (Pease, Barbara and Allan. Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps. p 34-35. NY: Broadway Books, 1998.)

Powerful romantic feelings are frequently only a step away from painful explosions of rage. The defensiveness that produces romantic ardor also sets the psychological stage for such explosions of rage and spousal violence (rooted in the intertwining of powerful needs with feelings of being trapped and the hunger for freedom). (Goldberg, Herb, PhD. The New Male-Female Relationship. p 41-42. NY: Signet Books, 1983.)

Each brain has its own set point for violence. This is determined by a large number of interconnected factors (e.g., Brain function, genetics, emotional issues, overall health, hx of brain trauma). All drugs have an effect on this set point and can increase or decrease its reactivity to an insult. Healthy individuals usually have a high degree of control over violent reactions. Changes in metabolism due to drug or alcohol abuse lead to diminished control (e.g., inappropriate behavioral response to spouse or partner). (Amen, Daniel G., MD. Change Your Brain Change Your Life. p 254-260. NY: Times Books, 1998.)

Viewing violent images (e.g., TV, movies, videos/DVDs) can activate the orbitofrontal cortex, and increase the risk of an acute attack of disabling symptoms in children and adults who suffer from mental illness. (Restak, Richard, MD. The New Brain. p 68-74. PA: Rodale, 2003.)

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