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Sham Rage

  1. Jennifer L. Robinson1,
  2. Heath A. Demaree2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0865

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Robinson, J. L. and Demaree, H. A. 2010. Sham Rage. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

  2. 2

    Case Western Reserve University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Sham rage is defined as an affective and pathological aggressive state characterized by manifestations of fear and anger that lead to drastic physiological and behavioral changes. Although research has attempted to better understand the anatomical substrates associated with sham rage since its earliest observations dating back to the late 1800s, variations in the methodological approaches employed and the diverse range of species studied, combined with contradicting results, have limited advances within the field. The present description outlines the history and the most consistent neurological findings of sham rage in both animals and humans. The major connections from the limbic system, and the amygdala in particular, to other brain regions are then elucidated. In conclusion, a general model of hostility and sham rage is presented.


  • amygdala;
  • limbic system;
  • temporal lobe;
  • hostility