‘Altruistic’ brain region found

Link: BBC NEWS | Health | ‘Altruistic’ brain region found.

Scientists say they have found the part of the brain that predicts whether a person will be selfish or an altruist.

Altruism – the tendency to help others without obvious benefit to oneself – appears to be linked to an area called the posterior superior temporal sulcus.

Using brain scans, the US investigators found this region related to a person’s real-life unselfish behaviour.

The Duke University Medical Center study on 45 volunteers is published in Nature Neuroscience.

Comment: But which is the cause and which is the effect?

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