Altruism could be increased by reducing specific brain activity

We have all come across them: selfish individuals who lack the ability to empathize with others. But the results of two new studies suggest it may be possible to make people more altruistic, after finding that reducing activity in certain regions of the brain increased people’s generosity.Reducing activity in specific areas of the brain caused people to become more generous, researchers found. Researcher Leonardo Christov-Moore, of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), and colleagues publish their findings in the journals Human Brain Mapping and Social Neuroscience. In the first study, the team set out to identify the brain regions that play a role in empathetic decision-making. The researchers enrolled 20 participants and asked them to take part in two tasks while undergoing brain scans with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).…

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