Brain injury affects moral choices

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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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