Low glucose relates to greater aggression in married couples.

TitleLow glucose relates to greater aggression in married couples.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume111
Issue17
Pagination6254-7
Date Published2014
ISSN0027-8424
Abstract

Intimate partner violence affects millions of people globally. One possible contributing factor is poor self-control. Self-control requires energy, part of which is provided by glucose. For 21 days, glucose levels were measured in 107 married couples. To measure aggressive impulses, each evening participants stuck between 0 and 51 pins into a voodoo doll that represented their spouse, depending how angry they were with their spouse. To measure aggression, participants competed against their spouse on a 25-trial task in which the winner blasted the loser with loud noise through headphones. As expected, the lower the level of glucose in the blood, the greater number of pins participants stuck into the voodoo doll, and the higher intensity and longer duration of noise participants set for their spouse.

URLhttp://www.pnas.org/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=24733932
DOI10.1073/pnas.1400619111
Short TitleProc Natl Acad Sci U S A
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