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Hell hath no fury like men

5 March 2006

Men get greater satisfaction than women from seeing someone they dislike suffer pain, according to a study of how people react when witnessing revenge.

Dr Tania Singer [UCL Psychology] used brain scanners to compare activity in brain regions when a person witnesses someone else suffering pain.

Her latest study, published in 'Nature', attempted to explain whether this was an automatic response or whether it can be affected by whether the victim is liked or disliked. …

The scientists believe that the findings may indicate fundamental biological differences between the sexes. Men and women both sympathise when others suffer pain, but men appear to have a greater predisposition towards wishing those who are unfair be punished.

'Canberra Times', 5 March 2006