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World Peace Through “Brain-Hacking”?

World Peace Through “Brain-Hacking”?

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This article in Forbes discusses ways in which video games may actually have the potential to help build empathy in individuals through their social components. It cites a recent study from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology to support this view. In this study, researchers used brain imaging (fMRI) techniques to examine neurological structures in individuals while they played violent video games. What they found was surprising — “there is considerable overlap between the circuits in the brain that process violence and the circuits that process empathy.” Discovery of this binary relationship may have fascinating implications for how we look at human empathy.

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