Saturday, March 29, 2014

Brain scans associate concern for justice with reason unlike emotion

According to a research conducted at the Department of Psychology and Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience states that the people who work on getting justice or care for justice are influenced by the reason they are not much driven by the emotion. This recent study has used the brain scans for analyzing the thought processes of people with the high ‘justice sensitivity.’ They have been using the functional magnetic resonance imaging, the brain-scanning device. The team further investigated about what happened in the participant’s brains and judged videos by depicting the behavior either was morally good or bad. The psychologists further found out that various individuals may react strongly as compared to others in same situations invoking sense of justice. The lead author Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry explains, “We were interested to examine how individual differences about justice and fairness are represented in the brain to better understand the contribution of emotion and cognition in moral judgment.”

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