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Monday, April 5, 2010

Morality and Magnetic Stimulation of the Brain

A Magnetic Field Applied to the Brain Can Alter People's Sense of Morality

Moral judgments often have less to do with outcome and more to do with intention. Take murder, for instance: The U.S. legal system makes distinctions between a crime committed in the heat of the moment and one that is planned ahead of time. But moral judgments may not be as sacrosanct as we believe: MIT scientists have shown that they can alter our moral judgmentssimply by magnetically interfering with a certain part of the brain....


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