When mice get mad, they attack other mice. Researchers think they know the cause of mice anger, and it has to do with their brain. When the lateral septum of a mouse brain is damaged or loses function, the mice will exhibit “septal rage” which makes it attack other mice. Researchers were able to control aggressive behavior in mice by stimulating certain brain cells with a light probe.



Daily Mail

Violent outbursts in mice linked to damage in the brain could shed light on humans

Researchers believe the vicious and unprovoked outbursts of mice may be linked to a damaged part of the brain – the lateral septum (shown in green) – tied to the control of anxiety and fear. The study can now help scientists map the circuitry involved …


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