Navigation Links
Caveman behavioral traits might kick in at Thanksgiving table before eating
Date:11/7/2010

This release is available in French.

Frank Kachanoff was surprised. He thought the sight of meat on the table would make people more aggressive, not less. After all, dont football coaches feed their players big hunks of red meat before a game in hopes of pumping them up? And what about our images of a grunting or growling animal snarling at anyone who dares take their meat away from them? Wouldnt that go for humans, too?

Kachanoff, a researcher with a special interest in evolution at McGill Universitys Department of Psychology, has discovered quite the reverse. According to research presented at a recent symposium at McGill, seeing meat appears to make human beings significantly less aggressive. I was inspired by research on priming and aggression, that has shown that just looking at an object which is learned to be associated with aggression, such as a gun, can make someone more likely to behave aggressively. I wanted to know if we might respond aggressively to certain stimuli in our environment not because of learned associations, but because of an innate predisposition. I wanted to know if just looking at the meat would suffice to provoke an aggressive behavior.

The idea that meat would illicit aggressive behaviour makes sense, as it would have helped our primate ancestors with hunting, co-opting and protecting their meat resources. Kachanoff believed that humans may therefore have evolved an innate predisposition to respond aggressively towards meat, and recruited 82 males to test his theory, using long-established techniques for provoking and measuring aggression. The experiment itself was quite simple subjects had to punish a script reader every time he made an error while sorting photos, some with pictures of meat, and others with neutral imagery. The subjects believed that they could inflict various volumes of sound, including painful, to the
'/>"/>

Contact: William Raillant-Clark
william.raillant-clark@mcgill.ca
514-398-2189
McGill University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Our caveman logic embraces ESP over evolution
2. Experts will meet to discuss how diet affects behavioral development of children
3. Military medicine symposium to explore regenerative medicine, behavioral health
4. Understanding behavioral patterns: Why bird flocks move in unison
5. Adapting to darkness: How behavioral and genetic changes helped cavefish survive extreme environment
6. Computer-based video analysis boosts data gathering in behavioral studies
7. Light, circadian rhythms affect vast range of physiological, behavioral functions
8. Popular autism diet does not demonstrate behavioral improvement
9. Animal behavioral studies can mimic human behavior
10. Study confirms association between tobacco smoke and behavioral problems in children
11. Economic status, genetics together influence psychopathic traits
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/27/2015)... ATLANTA , April 27, 2015  For more ... and trade show has been the premier worldwide event ... Systems 2015 is a must-attend event for any local, ... insight into the emerging commercial markets and current applications ... and innovations of this projected $48 billion industry, and ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... , Apr. 27, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market, ... to pre-order customers the first week of May, 2015 ... month of May. Gino Pereira ... milestone for the company as Wocket® enters the consumer ...
(Date:4/27/2015)... Apr. 27, 2015 Profile Solutions, Inc. (OTC: ... security systems is pleased to announce that Dr ... consultant and member of its scientific advisory board. ... as a thought leader in technology-enhanced learning models. He ... and has published studies and books focused on online ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 2UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 3UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 4UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry 5Wocket, the Smartest Wallet You Will Ever Own, Announces Shipment to Pre-order Customers 2Wocket, the Smartest Wallet You Will Ever Own, Announces Shipment to Pre-order Customers 3Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 2Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 3Profile Solutions Names Medicinal Cannabis, Agriculture and Technology Expert Dr. Gerry Bedore to its Scientific Advisory Board 4
... is fast approaching and a cloudburst is imminent. If you happen ... either deliberately or because you forgot to check one room, you ... However, it does not have to be like that: Thanks to ... sensor embedded in the window frame detects if a window is ...
... is available in German . In about ... are fused with one another. When this is not the case, ... clear until now. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular ... were able to show that the genesis of this fusion-negative prostate ...
... Sept. 5, 2012 ShanghaiBio Corporation ... collaboration agreement enabling ShanghaiBio Corporation to extend its ... for downstream analysis and interpretation of genomics data. ... gene expression lab services by creating a bundled ...
Cached Biology News:Wireless window sentinel 2Wireless window sentinel 3Epigenetic causes of prostate cancer 2ShanghaiBio Corporation Partners with Ingenuity Systems to Address Challenges in Analysis and Interpretation of Genomics Data 2
(Date:5/4/2015)... Genedata, a leading provider of advanced ... research, today announced the release of Genedata ... enterprise solution for biologics R&D. This first-in-class workflow ... and development of novel biotherapeutics. Version 5.0 enables ... optimization and developability requirements. Genedata will present highlights ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... Achieved primarily through a proprietary paraffin and stain additive, ... better detail than the industry standard. But because ... methods, it needed another medium to measure its detail. ... reference because it represents the highest standard of detail ... discovery days of Ultralight Histology was to reverse engineer ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... PRINCETON, N.J. , May 4, 2015  Soligenix, ... biopharmaceutical company developing products that address unmet medical needs ... today that it will be presenting preclinical data from ... and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference on May ... Convention Complex at 701 Convention Plaza, St. ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... HONG KONG , May 4, 2015 ... or the "Company"), China,s leading ... cell processing and stem cell storage services, today announced ... Holdings Limited ("Golden Meditech"), a Hong Kong ... the Company, has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Genedata Biologics 5.0 – Antibody Engineering and Developability Assessment Advances 2Genedata Biologics 5.0 – Antibody Engineering and Developability Assessment Advances 3Genedata Biologics 5.0 – Antibody Engineering and Developability Assessment Advances 4Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 2Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 3Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 4Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 5Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 6Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 7Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 8Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 9Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 10Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 11Soligenix Announces Presentation and Poster at the 2015 Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Conference in St. Louis, MO 12China Cord Blood Corporation Receives Notice of a Transaction Regarding its 7% Senior Convertible Notes Due 2017 Held by KKR 2China Cord Blood Corporation Receives Notice of a Transaction Regarding its 7% Senior Convertible Notes Due 2017 Held by KKR 3
... Midwest Fiber Networks , which has promised Milwaukee that it ... been granted a reprieve by the Milwaukee Common Council ... has voted to give Midwest Fiber until June 7 to ... citywide wireless network. The company was to have the area ...
... to do so are scurrying to complete their income tax returns, according ... a lot of folks like me, the article was a painful reminder ... indeed upon us. And we'd not yet filed. And we didn't have ... ,The realization that Tax Day was barreling down on me came at ...
... as the stuff of legends. Sit in any presentation ... the fiftieth PowerPoint slide you'll likely be convinced that ... nearly run itself, and eventually bring about world peace ... methodology as unique and special. When they are questioned ...
Cached Biology Technology:Turbo Tax Online can teach new Web concepts a business lesson 2Turbo Tax Online can teach new Web concepts a business lesson 3With tech implementations, it's NOT the methodology, stupid 2With tech implementations, it's NOT the methodology, stupid 3
... an ultra-compact pump available in single head (T2-04 ... for use in portable air and gas applications. ... works well in environments where DC operation, high ... are critical., Offers ultra-compact size, long life, ...
Curcumin is an extract of turmeric root with antioxidant, anti-tumor promoter, and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin inhibits the induction of NOS in macrophages....
Total Proteins from over 50 different human Alzheimer, Diabetic, Liver Cirrhosis, and Lupus diseased tissues are available....
... the Lone Wolf valve has the highest ... valve available on the market. This VSO ... performance, and ensures maximum accuracy., Achieves ... control and patient comfort. , Maintains ideal ...
Biology Products: