1. Subscribersonhouse
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    08 Nov '08 14:12
    http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre4a6160-us-brain-bullies/

    DUH!
    This should make next years list for the Ignoble Prize🙂
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    08 Nov '08 15:49
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre4a6160-us-brain-bullies/

    DUH!
    This should make next years list for the Ignoble Prize🙂
    Well if the news media actually reported science findings correctly and not sensationally it might have seemed a less obvious result!

    What they actually found is that those subjects who had a diagnosed psychiatric disorder related to aggressive impulses did not show activation in brain regions associated with perspective-taking and empathy, but DID show activation in regions associated with the pleasurable aspects of reward. This is all while viewing movies of unknown third-parties getting deliberately hurt.

    This means that these individuals may be qualitatively different from normal people who feel empathy and a sense of sympathy for the pain of others, and do not derive pleasure from it. Remember that this pain was inflicted by a third party on a third party, not by the individuals in the study.

    Finally, it's unlikely that most bullies actually have conduct disorder - this is a rare psychiatric condition that affects only a small percentage of the population.

    So - while the pithy headline may have made the research seem obvious and uninteresting, actually there was a lot in the study that was well worth finding out.