The neurological basis of hate and impact on bystanders

Project Synopsis

Title: The neurological basis of hate and impact on bystanders

To date, little is known about the neural correlates of hate. There are no ‘hate databases’ which would allow the experimental study of the nature and impact of hate. In our project, we will therefore develop a database of hate and other complex emotions to understand the neural underpinnings of hatred. To study the neuronal correlates of hate, we will employ neuroimaging techniques, so the brain activity of healthy volunteers will be recorded using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). As another part of the project, we will conduct an online survey to investigate people’s understanding of ‘hate’, focusing in particular on a young, adolescent population. Planned secondments at the University of Helsinki, at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and at Google Ireland will facilitate the database and survey development and complement the training. 

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ESR1 Anna Trimborn, PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin


Dr. Arun Bokde, Trinity College Dublin, Complex emotion, neurological basis of hatred, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) 


Trimborn, A. & Bokde, A. (2022, October 7). Grappling with Context in Neuroscientific Research: from Action Recognition to Hate [Conference Presentation]. Padua, Italy