On 11/29/2012 2:31 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
The study showed that within 60 milliseconds, the right posterior
superior temporal sulcus (also known as TPJ area), located in the
back of the brain, was first activated, with different activity
depending on *whether the harm was intentional or accidental*. It
was followed in quick succession by the amygdala, often linked
with emotion, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (180
milliseconds), the portion of the brain that plays a critical role
in moral decision-making.
There was no such response in the amygdala and ventromedial
prefrontal cortex when the harm was accidental.
Seems like being able to tell the difference between an accident and
free will is a top priority for human consciousness. Under .06
seconds. That's more than three times faster than it takes to
recognize an emotion in a human face.
This is interesting as it shows the importance of distinguishing
accidental from intentional acts. The former need to response as they
where, in a sense, unavoidable since there is not way to avoid such in
the future, but the latter can be avoided by some subsequent action.
This seems to point to a built in understanding of causality and
probability in the 'hardware'.
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