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Bullying Alters Brain Chemistry, Leads to Anxiety, Mouse Study Finds

ScienceDaily (Apr. 10, 2011) — Being low mouse on the totem pole is tough on murine self-esteem. It turns out it has measurable effects on brain chemistry, too, according to recent experiments at Rockefeller University. Researchers found that mice that were bullied persistently by dominant males grew unusually nervous around new company, and that the change in behavior was accompanied by heightened sensitivity to vasopressin, a hormone involved in a variety of social behaviors. The findings suggest how bullying could contribute to long-term social anxiety at the molecular level.

"We found that chronic social stress affects neuroendocrine systems that are paramount for adaptive mammalian social behaviors such as courtship, pair-bonding and parental behaviors," says Yoav Litvin, M. S. Stoffel Postdoctoral Fellow in Mind, Brain and Behavior. "Changes in components of these systems have

Added: Apr-11-2011 Occurred On: Apr-10-2011
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  • Are you a Man or a Mouse? Get some self esteem...sheesh

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  • what a load of arse for a study. Is this what they spend their hours of university work doing?

    The brain can act different tomorrow if it is shown how. This study gives an excuse to do something, wait till you see. - bullying is part of natural selection

    My advice, get with the program, stop being a fat kid and do some exercise. Fat kids are always looking for excuses to be fat kids.

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    BRING IT ON!!!!

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  • I'm looking for the paragraph where it says the bully mice became cops.

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