Neuroscience and Culture
Arabs? Jews? Yankee and Red Sox fans? David Brooks attends a neuroscience society conference. An excerpt:
Jonathan B. Freeman of Tufts and others peered into the reward centers of the brain such as the caudate nucleus. They found that among Americans, that region was likely to be activated by dominant behavior, whereas among Japanese, it was more likely to be activated by subordinate behavior — the same region rewarding different patterns of behavior depending on culture.
[HT: Andrew Sullivan]