By On March 26th, 2007

Brain injury affects moral choices

Researches from the University of Iowa have determined that injuries to the ventromedial area of the frontal cortex can affect moral choices. While testing injured and non-injured participants, researchers learned that those with the brain injury had difficulty making moral choices involving life or death scenarios:

The difference was very clear for all the ventromedial patients, said Dr. Michael Koenigs, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health who led the study while at the University of Iowa. After repeatedly endorsing killing in these high-conflict situations, Dr. Koenigs said, one patient told him, “Jeez, I’ve turned into a killer.” 

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