Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?



…exposure to violence is conceptually similar to exposure to, say, cholera or tuberculosis. Acts of violence are the germs. Instead of wracking intestines or lungs, they lodge in the brain. When people, in particular children and young adults whose brains are extremely plastic, repeatedly experience or witness violence, their neurological function is altered.
Cognitive pathways involving anger are more easily activated. Victimized people also interpret reality through perceptual filters in which violence seems normal and threats are enhanced. People in this state of mind are more likely to behave violently. Instead of through a cough, the disease spreads through fights, rapes, killings, suicides, perhaps even media, the researchers argue. (…) “The underlying theme is learned behavior”…
(…) Such dynamics might sound almost mechanistic, as if violence could be considered in isolation from all the other factors — poverty, drugs, demographics, policing — that shape the society in which it occurs. That’s absolutely not the case, but neither are these factors solely responsible for violence outbreaks. [via]




Violence-as-contagion? Might as well talk about frequency syncing.

Is It Time to Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?

…exposure to violence is conceptually similar to exposure to, say, cholera or tuberculosis. Acts of violence are the germs. Instead of wracking intestines or lungs, they lodge in the brain. When people, in particular children and young adults whose brains are extremely plastic, repeatedly experience or witness violence, their neurological function is altered.

Cognitive pathways involving anger are more easily activated. Victimized people also interpret reality through perceptual filters in which violence seems normal and threats are enhanced. People in this state of mind are more likely to behave violently. Instead of through a cough, the disease spreads through fights, rapes, killings, suicides, perhaps even media, the researchers argue. (…) “The underlying theme is learned behavior”…

(…) Such dynamics might sound almost mechanistic, as if violence could be considered in isolation from all the other factors — poverty, drugs, demographics, policing — that shape the society in which it occurs. That’s absolutely not the case, but neither are these factors solely responsible for violence outbreaks. [via]

Violence-as-contagion? Might as well talk about frequency syncing.

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    THIS IS MY RESEARCH THO :D
  10. scienceknowledge reblogged this from psydoctor8 and added:
    Should we see actions as possible infections? Especially with violence. It’s shown that when we are exposed to violence...
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  13. nofna reblogged this from psydoctor8 and added:
    Here’s another relevant link… a NY Times magazine article from 2008.
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  17. thebeautyofthegrave reblogged this from psydoctor8 and added:
    Mmmm, pretty dissertation idea :3
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    I kind of see what they mean. As a victim of violence, I see the world as a whole other place. Not to mention all the...
  20. chrisinthestudio said: Because more people than not, experience violence and never become more violent, the researchers might as well just skip to what makes certain people susceptible to becoming what they see and experience more than others. In other words. It’s bullshit
  21. rakdad said: If treated when exposed, the contagion looses its power. Simplifying the effects of violence to what happens if the exposure is left to fester, left untreated is like saying abrasions cause staph infections.
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