Summary #356

People’s sense of control over their actions is reduced at a fundamental level when they’re angry or afraid
  • A group of researchers measured the “intentional binding” of several participants and observed that when they were angry or afraid they tended to lose control of their actions.
  • The “intentional binding” is a test in which the participants press the button of a clock that rotates permanently and they say what time the clock indicated when they pushed the button.
  • According to the evidence, the people who control their actions tend to push the button on the clock later than those who cannot control their actions.
  • The main limitation of this study was that the researchers did not measure the “intentional binding” when the participants were happy.
  • Based on ethical and moral aspects, the reduction of the control of actions caused by anger or fear cannot be taken as an excuse to defend criminals, the study suggests.




Fame 🙌 - Articles for science lovers shortened to five bullet points. | Product Hunt Embed

We were featured on Hacker News, O'REILLY® Ideas, and Boing Boing.