Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Resist magnetic attraction

Magnets 'can modify our morality'
Scientists have shown they can change people's moral judgements by disrupting a specific area of the brain with magnetic pulses.

And by using magnetic pulses to block cell activity they impaired volunteers' notion of right and wrong.

The small Massachusetts Institute of Technology study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

the researchers found that when the RTPJ was disrupted volunteers were more likely to judge actions solely on the basis of whether they caused harm - not whether they were morally wrong in themselves.

Morally dubious acts with a "happy" ending were often deemed acceptable.
OK, so does the ubiquitous telephone, and now cell/mobile phone, have any part to play in this loose morals phenomenon?
They identified a region of the brain just above and behind the right ear which appears to control morality.

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