Written by Tim Newman Published: Saturday 2 July 2016
A modern, progressive society has no place for bullying, yet it continues. Breaking research uncovers why some people might find unwarranted aggression so rewarding.
New research shows how bullying activates reward circuits. Aggressive behavior is often a facet of psychiatric disorders. But it also readily occurs in people with no such condition.
Bullying has the potential to significantly reduce the victim's quality of life. As such, it is a topic well worthy of study.
According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 28 percent of students aged 12-18 report being bullied at school.
There has been a great deal of study into the psychological and social reasons behind bullying. As neuroscience grows in strength, new findings are also adding to our knowledge about how and why bullying takes place.