"When the Bangor scientists studied the section of the brain that responds to angry, happy or neutral faces, they found something interesting: This area is also tied closely to areas of the brain associated with survival instinctsâ€“like your fight or flight reflexes. When you detect anger in your vicinity, your facial recognition center suddenly lights, allowing you to better detect possible threats. Or, as one researcher puts it, â€œThe ability to remember who is angry may have been of evolutionary importance in enabling us to respond to a threat situation. Remembering whoâ€™s happy is less important as it bears no relation to our own immediate safety.â€
"As a side effect of thisâ€“our brains being wired to pay more attention to angerâ€“any pissed off dickhead who is otherwise irrelevant, will still seem much more important to you than a reasonable person who should otherwise take priority. Itâ€™s not nec the case that there is more negativity, itâ€™s just that you pay more attention to it."
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