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  • Justice in the brain: equity and efficiency are encoded differently

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      The study sought to shed light on the neurological underpinnings of moral decision-making, said Ming Hsu, a fellow at the U. of I.'s Beckman Institute and co-principal investigator.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      In a computer animation, a ball traveled toward one of two options, illustrated with photographs of the affected children and the number of meals they would lose if a given option was selected. The subjects moved a lever to direct the ball to their choice. Most people chose to minimize inequity at the expense of efficiency.

      Image courtesy Ming Hsur

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