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Measuring Brain Activity To Test How Generous You Are

Swiss researchers have discovered that the more grey matter in your brain, the more generous you were likely to be, as individuals use the mental power to "overcome the natural selfishness of man."

Grey suit without the grey matter? (visionandlight)
Grey suit without the grey matter? (visionandlight)

ZURICH - Unlike their own money, there's something penny-pinchers have less of than spendthrifts: grey matter -- at least in a certain region of their brain. Researchers from Switzerland's University of Zurich led by Ernst Fehr, director of the department of economics, concluded that thevolume of grey matter housed at the junction of the two brain lobes indicated people's readiness to help other people out.

Participants to the study -- the results of which were published in the magazine Neuron -- were asked to share money with people they did not know.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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