Friday, January 20
Friday, January 20, 2006
This makes me wonder about the consequences of systems being male-heavy, and also makes me wonder if there's a hidden reason for the suspicion and demonization of women in patriarchical societies... are women "traitors" by nature, or perhaps peacemakers?
When Bad People Are Punished, Men Smile (but Women Don't)
In the study, when male subjects witnessed people they perceived as bad guys being zapped by a mild electrical shock, their M.R.I. scans lit up in primitive brain areas associated with reward. Their brains' empathy centers remained dull. Women watching the punishment, in contrast, showed no response in centers associated with pleasure. Even though they also said they did not like the bad guys, their empathy centers still quietly glowed.