The scientists at University College London have discovered a brain area that gets activated when people view images they hate. What is more, this area doesn’t relate to those associated with fear, threat and danger, although it shares a part with aggression area. Now it’s clear why love can turn to hate so fast.
The scientists studied the feeling of hate directed towards other individuals. 17 females and males involved into the experiment had their brain activity tracked while viewing pictures of people they hated as well as pictures of their other acquaintances.
The results allowed the researchers to identify ‘hate circuit’, brain areas correlating to the sense of hate. The same scientists have previously studied the brain mechanisms associated with romantic love. They were interested how two opposite feelings of love and hate may lead to the same behavior, encouraging people to both heroic and evil deeds.