Low Serotonin Absorption Creates Aggressive Behaviour
Apparently, mice that lack the ability to absorb serotonin are more aggressive than other mice and they exhibit no other symptoms.
When confronted with an intruder, mutant mice attacked the intruder faster and more intensely than did wild-type mice, suggesting the participation of 5-HT1B receptors in aggressive behavior.
I wonder if this is true for humans?
Can you picture the old lady with the cigarette hanging out of the corner of her mouth at the Foxybingo or something like that, sitting at the slot machine just pulling on the arm for hours on end. Let’s say her name is Martha. Martha’s been there since yesterday and then some other old lady, let’s call her Bertha, with this serotonin condition comes in and wants to sit at Martha’s slot machine. Bertha is convinced that it’s about time for the slot machine to pay out.
I’m picturing a not very pretty fight.
Can you imagine the scene?
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First they start pushing each other, then one of them tries to pull the other’s hair and it turns out to be a wig so now they have a wig in their hand. Not to be deterred, they start to use the wig to beat the other person with it.
I imagine there might be some kicking and punching and biting too. Ooh, what if the one biting has dentures and the dentures fall out and stay stuck on the other person. I think I saw a scene like that in the pilot episode of the Zombieland TV series, but I digress.
Speaking of fighting, when old women fight, is it still called a cat fight? It seems like a cat fight is for young women but when older women fight, it should have a different name.
In any case, I don’t know how I lost my train of thought and took this weird detour, but I will say this: Low serotonin absorption and aggressive behavior seem to go hand in hand. I’m thinking that whatever caused the “rage virus” from the movie 28 Days may have been a really fast acting serotonin inhibitor of some kind.
I don’t think it’s appropriate to call the infected from that 28 Days movie zombies, because they were technically alive, they just couldn’t control their aggressiveness.