Researchers at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
have identified two "morality centers" of the brain. In two separate experiments, they have shown a correlation between a particular part of the brain and the ability to make moral jusgments related to intent to commit a crime. In one experiment
, patients with brain damage in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex
of the brain don't consider hypothetical perpetrators to be morally responsible for their actions. In another experiment (noted on NPR today
) the researchers showed that they could switch off the moral judgment function by applying a magnetic field to the right temporoparietal junction (TPJ)
of the brain. The TPJ has also been implicated in "out of body experiences"
, both in cases of brain damage and by artificially stimulating the area.