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Magnet v. Moral Compass

The Los Angeles Times reports on an MIT study that shows a magnetic pulse interfering with basic moral judgments.  Sounds made up, but evidently it’s science:

With their right temporoparietal junctions scrambled, participants seemed unable to recognize an action as wrong unless it led to harm — a moral judgment that virtually all could make easily when their brains were not being magnetically scrambled. It seems that when unable to infer the motives and actions of another, they had to rely only on outcomes to tell them if their own actions were ethical.

Posted by Will Baum, LCSW