Sense of Justice Built into Brain

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A recent study showed that subjects' sense of justice was challenged in a two-player monetary fairness game, and their brain activity was simultaneously measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). When bidders made unfair suggestions as to how to share the money, they were often punished by their partners even if it cost them. This reaction to unfairness could be reduced by targeting one specific brain region, the amygdala.

(I recently wrote an article on applying fairness to world behavior based on classroom best practices, so I found this particularly interesting; now if we can just figure how politicians go awry, we'll solve many problems!)

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