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What do you think of the study made from MIT about the moral center of the brain (details inside)?

Asked by luigirovatti (1590points) November 8th, 2019

There’s not much to say. It was done by scientists at Harvard, MIT, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center involving magnets. The moral center, by the way, is located in the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ). The researchers found, in short, that they could affect a person’s moral compass, throw it off a few degrees, by exposing the RTPJ to a magnetic field, much like a real compass is thrown off the same way. My suspect is, this field affects also the memory. Oh, and, for those affected by magnetic fields, alcohol and dope affect memory too, obviously. Anything with a deleterious effect on your dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and parietal lobe.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Sounds like a person with scientific knowledge and strong magnets could device a way to control people to do immoral things.

ragingloli's avatar

No, but it is something completely expected.
Step by step, the fantasy of free will is being led ad absurdum.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Interesting.I wonder if they could have altered Ted Bundy’s mindset on women or at least keep his head stuck to the refrigerator,preventing escape. ;)

JLeslie's avatar

Do you have a link to the study? I tend to not believe any magnet theories.

elbanditoroso's avatar

So we are commenting on a 9-year old article? Has anything new happened?

luigirovatti's avatar

@elbanditoroso: What did you expect? As far as I’m concerned, it’s still a sensational result, and it still has validity today.

raum's avatar

It’s a valid question. Though I don’t see any newer research on the matter contradicting these findings. It’s really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Morality is a made up human concept, like religion, not an actual thing like seeing or thinking or eating or breathing.

Inspired_2write's avatar

“MIT neuroscientists have now shown they can influence those judgments by interfering with activity in a specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality.”

So how moral was it for neuroscientists to test human subjects?

This is morally wrong! That’s What I think!

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