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1 hour ago, Hans de Vries said:

What is the neural basis of taking pleasure in inflicting suffering on other people/ 

If ventral striatum is generally responsible for reward, is it simehow misconnected?

I would imagine so...

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2 hours ago, Hans de Vries said:

What is the neural basis of taking pleasure in inflicting suffering on other people

Perhaps a better question is, “how do I use google?”

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On 4/18/2021 at 12:50 PM, Hans de Vries said:

What is the neural basis of taking pleasure in inflicting suffering on other people

I don’t know. Maybe a sadist wants to feel like they own and possess whoever they intend to belittle. An extreme example is the violence displayed in slavery movies where it seemed both sadistic in terms of megalomania and psychopathic with regard to the exploitation.

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10 minutes ago, scientiaphilia said:

Sadism might be caused by carnivorous and omnivorous predators due to predator behaviour. There could be an incentive to become sadistic when being a predator for survival.

That’s an interesting opinion. One might even call it a hypothesis. How will you proceed with this idea and use evidence to nullify or support it?

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On 6/15/2021 at 1:52 AM, iNow said:

That’s an interesting opinion. One might even call it a hypothesis. How will you proceed with this idea and use evidence to nullify or support it?

The predator-like animals feel sadistic when they are being rewarded through dopamine by sadistically preying on others for money, power, food, water, or other resources for survival in theory. An animal could be sadistic as a coping mechanism to prevent themselves from feeling bad hypothetically. From what I know, animals are given their abilities due to an incentive for survival and power to have positive feelings theoretically because what's the point in having your abilities when you can't use them to survive or feel good?

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