[ MIT News - http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/moral-control-0330.html ]
By disrupting brain activity in a particular region, neuroscientists can sway people’s views of moral situations.
To make moral judgments about other people, we often need to infer their
intentions — an ability known as “theory of mind.” For example, if one
hunter shoots another while on a hunting trip, we need to know what the
shooter was thinking: Was he secretly jealous, or did he mistake his
fellow hunter for an animal?
MIT neuroscientists have now shown
they can influence those judgments by interfering with activity in a
specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain