Imagine you could manipulate a person’s sense of morality with a simple magnet.
MIT neuroscientists say it’s possible.
“To be able to apply [a magnetic field] to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing,” said MIT’s Dr. Liane Young.
A study, originally published in 2007, revealed that a region of the brain called the right temporoparietal junction (RTPJ) is highly active when individuals are faced with determining right from wrong.
In the new MIT study, researchers were able to disrupt that activity, using a magnetic field applied to the scalp.