Summary #1250

Why obeying orders can make us do terrible things
  • Study finds that regions of the brain related to guilt and empathy are less active when we obey orders than when we decide freely.
  • Participants were paired with a “victim”, and had two buttons - one shocked the victim and gave them a tiny amount of money, and the other did nothing.
  • In 60 rounds, participants were either free to choose, or they were ordered by the experimenter.
  • The next step will be to study why people don’t resist immoral orders.


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