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Scientists discover `moral compass` in brain

Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 09:59

London: Scientists have discovered a real-life "moral compass" in the brain that controls how we judge other people`s behaviour.

"You think of morality as being a really high-level behaviour. To be able to apply a magnetic field to a specific brain region and change people`s moral judgements is really astonishing," said Liane Young of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the study, reports
The moral compass lies in a part of the brain called the right temporo-parietal junction. It lies near the surface of the brain, just behind the right ear.
In an extraordinary experiment, researchers were able to use powerful magnets to disrupt this area of the brain and make people temporarily less moral.


First Published: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 09:59

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