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David Chester, The University of Kentucky
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2015 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Does the Pain of Rejection Promote the Pleasure of Revenge?

Rejection can sting and revenge can be sweet, yet how might these sensations help us understand why humans act aggressively? Given that such experiences of pain and pleasure magnify each other, it may be that the pain of rejection increases the subsequent pleasure of revenge, and thus, retaliatory aggression itself. My dissertation will use functional neuroimaging to test the effects of these potential mechanisms of the rejection-aggression link.


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