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There’s a way to change moral judgments

The part of your brain, behind your right ear determines what you consider good and bad choices — and furthermore, these moral judgments can be altered by a magnet.

As it turns out, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have figured out that they can change people’s moral judgments by placing a magnetic field up to the person’s head. When the subjects in the study were put under the influence of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), their reasoning was based on knowing the outcome of the event regardless of the possible harm in getting there.

The BBC reports:

[MIT] lead researcher Dr Liane Young said: “You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior.

“To be able to apply a magnetic field to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing.”

The key area of the brain is a knot of nerve cells known as the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ).

The RTPJ region of the brain is active when a person is making a moral decision. So when the magnet was placed on the person’s head, they tended to be more forgiving when presented with a situation about a bad moral judgment. One of the dilemmas presented involved a friend unknowingly putting toxic sugar into her friend’s coffee.

And it didn’t matter if the magnet was applied for 25 minutes straight or in short periods. As long as a magnet was involved, the scientists noticed the change in people’s moral compass.

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