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Your brain corrects you morally

WASHINGTON, JUL 10 (IANS)
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Published on 11 Jul. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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Unknown to you, your brain might have a hidden agenda - discouraging you to stray from the narrow path to rectitude. It does so by simulating physical sensations to prompt introspection, capitalizing on moments when your emotions might be intense. Mary Helen Immordino of the University of Southern California (USC) Brain and Creativity Institute, found that individuals who were told stories to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue, sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical “pangs” of emotion are very real-- they can be ascertained with brain scans-- and may be evidence that pro-social behaviour is part of human survival, reports the journal Emotion Review. Immordino’s hypothesis is that the feeling or emotional reactions in the body may sometimes prompt introspection. “These emotions are foundational for morality and social learning. They have the power to change the course of your very life,” Immordino said.




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