How does the brain prevent us from taking revenge?

Fortunately, every time we crave revenge, our brains turn on a mechanism that prevents us from taking action.

In fact, thinking about revenge is always very normal and understandable. Someone upsets us, we get angry and want to eat tit for tat. But we don’t always show it through our actions.

How does the brain prevent us from taking revenge?
Fortunately, we have brains, we think of revenge but do not turn those thoughts into actions. (Illustration: SHUTTERSTOCK).

To explain this, Swiss scientists have shown for the first time how we quell thoughts of revenge through expression at the deepest levels of the brain , according to the NZHerald.

To do so, the team developed a game in which study participants faced fair behavior by one player and unfair provocation by another.

During the process, the team of scientists looked at brain images of the participants to see which brain areas were activated when they experienced injustice and became angry.

Next, the researchers gave the participants a chance to get revenge. Surprisingly, at that time, a part of the brain quickly “turned on” , to prevent that action.

Specifically, the scientists found that the more active the Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was during times of provocation, the less likely participants were to retaliate, according to the NZHerald.

This breakthrough opens up questions and directions for future research to explain whether stimulating this brain region can prevent people from fighting and aggression when stimulated.