Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gasoline Fumes May Fuel Road Rage | Autopia |

it might be the fumes you’re inhaling while pumping gas that make you angry. Amal Kinawy of Cairo University found that rats exposed to gasoline fumes were more aggressive than those breathing clean air and more likely to show signs of anxiety. What’s more, their brains experienced changes in neurotransmitters in the hypothalamus, hippocampus and cerebellum. Although Kinaway limited her research to rats, she says the findings could apply to humans and be a factor in road rage.

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