How Power Makes People Selfish [2:03]

Description

This University of California video discusses a newly identified region of the brain dubbed the empathy network.  The video mostly focuses on a specific study in which arbitrary power is given, with astonishing, though not too astonishing, results.

Discussion Questions

  • What is the empathy network?
  • What is acquired sociopathy?  How do people get it and what happens when they do?
  • What is the cookie monster study? What effects can power have on our psychology?
  • What can we do to curb this kind of bad behavior?

Keywords: power, selfishness, society, dominance, politics, psychology, neuroscience, brain, science, experiment, sociopathy, psychopathy

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