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The role of social information processing in reactive aggression
Dr Frederike Beyer, Queen Mary University of London

Reactive aggression is a natural response to provocation. However, whether a given social situation is perceived as a provocation that calls for an aggressive response, can vary between individuals. In a series of experiments, we explore the role of fear reactivity in social cognition during aggressive interactions, and how the availability of an escape route can modulate interpersonal variability in aggression. Further, we investigate the processing of interpersonal threat in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC). In line with findings in pathologically aggressive populations, we show that also among healthy, high-functioning participants, reduced OFC reactivity to angry faces is associated with higher reactive aggression. Together, these findings highlight the complex interplay between the emotional response to, and cognitive interpretation of, social information in aggressive interactions.


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University of Kent,
United Kingdom


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