Magnetic fields targeting the moral center of the brain could scramble our sense of right and wrong.
- Strong magnetic fields could affect moral judgment.
- Targeted magnetic fields can make people more inclined to judge outcomes, not intentions.
- The findings could have implications for neuroscience, as well as the legal system.
Magnets can alter a person's sense of morality, according to a new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.moral center, they first had to find it.
Using a powerful magnetic field, scientists from MIT, Harvard University and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are able to scramble the moral center of the brain, making it more difficult for people to separate innocent intentions from harmful outcomes. The research could have big implications for not only neuroscientists, but also for judges and juries.
"It's one thing to 'know' that we'll find morality in the brain," said Liane Young, a scientist at MIT and co-author of the article. "It's another to 'knock out' that brain area and change people's moral judgments."