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Could Anger Make People Want Things More?

From a November 3, 2010 Health Day news item

By Robert Preidt

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) — Anger can be a potent motivator in increasing a person’s desire to obtain things, a new study finds.

While people generally regard anger as a negative emotion, it activates an area on the left side of the brain that is associated with many positive emotions. And like positive emotions, anger can drive people to go after something, explained the researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

“People are motivated to do something or obtain a certain object in the world because it’s rewarding for them. Usually this means that the object is positive and makes you happy,” first author Henk Aarts said in an Association for Psychological Science news release….

…..The study was released online and published in the October print issue of the journal Psychological Science.

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SOURCE: Association for Psychological Science, news release, Nov. 1, 2010

 

 

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