Fault trumps gruesome evidence when it comes to punishment


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Fault trumps gruesome evidence when it comes to punishment.

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Fault trumps gruesome evidence when it comes to punishment

IMAGE:Brain image shows increased activity in the amygdala, the portion of the brain involved with emotion, when intentionally harmful acts were described vividly than when they were described matter-of-factly….Click here for more information.

Issues of crime and punishment, vengeance and justice date back to the dawn of human history, but it is only in the last few years that scientists have begun exploring the basic nature of the complex neural processes in the brain that underlie these fundamental behaviors.

Now a new brain imaging study – published online Aug. 3 by the journal Nature Neuroscience – has identified the brain mechanisms that underlie our judgment of how severely a person who has harmed another should be punished. Specifically, the study determined how…

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