Monday, October 04, 2004

Stress and aggression reinforce each other

I really wonder what the advantage of this feedback loop is. It seems that stress leads to aggression, which leads to more stress, etc. While anyone with have a thought about human behavior could have told you this, the novelty is that the biochemical mechanism behind this positive feedback loop is so tight. That explains why the "cycle of violence" is so hard to break.

Question: how does this affect aggregate or social behavior? How does this revise our prediction of behavior on a mass scale in the midst of war or terrorism?