Neuroscientists Detail How Humans Are Able to Hurt Others When Given Orders

Feb 19, 2016 11:58 AM EST By Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter (r.westerholm@universityherald.com) (Photo : Getty) The researchers examined the brain’s reaction to receiving an order. A team of neuroscientists has pinpointed the brain’s reaction to receiving an order from an authoritative figure to inflict harm on another person. Like Us on Facebook Published in the journal Current Biology, the new study expands on experiments a psychologist named Stanley Milgram conducted in the 1960s in response to the Nuremberg Trials. Nazi defendants argued they only committed various atrocities because they were following orders. “Maybe some basic feeling of responsibility really is reduced when we are coerced into doing something,” study lead author Patrick Haggard, of University College London, said in a press release. “People often claim reduced responsibility because they were…


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