The Eisenberger team found that emotional pain activates the opposing reactions of these areas activate in exactly the same way.

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  • No, it is not grammatical.
    – Katy
    May 5, 2019 at 5:45
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    It's almost certainly a typo, where activate should be activated. (And I'd also change these to those.) May 5, 2019 at 6:29
  • @JasonBassford: "activate should be activated" Which "activate"? Would you mind editing the complete sentence?
    – user46678
    May 5, 2019 at 7:10
  • There is only one activate in the sentence. May 5, 2019 at 9:07

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It is not grammatically correct.

It seems to be a simple mistake. The author began with a sentence like

Opposing reactions activate in the same way.

Then rephrased to say

Emotional pain activates opposing reactions in the same way.

But forgot to remove the second "activate" from after the phrase "opposing reactions", this seems to give a clause with two main finite verbs, which is not possible in English Grammar. Just remove the second "activate" and the sentence is correct.

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