Brain scans explain quickness to blame

IMAGE: As shown in this functional MRI image, the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in processing emotions, is more active in people who are blaming others for their negative… view more Credit: Lawrence Ngo DURHAM, N.C. — New research from Duke University helps explain the paradox of why we are quick to blame people for their actions, but slower to give them credit. We constantly read others’ intentions in what they do — from seeing someone help an elderly person cross the street or cutting in line or committing a heinous crime. Judgments about intentionality are threaded deeply within our legal system and pervasive in our support of political candidates, and have been the focus of discussion for the past decade in the philosophical literature. Published Dec. 4 in…


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