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In the new study, the researchers disrupted activity in the right TPJ by inducing a current in the brain using a magnetic field applied to the scalp. They found that the subjects' ability to make moral judgments that require an understanding of other people's intentions -- for example, a failed murder attempt -- was impaired.

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Something I have wrestled with over the last few years, working as a software developer in an organization that doesn't place a high priority on software development, yet, with some extraordinarily bright co-workers and friends. I've come to the same dynamic as described in an editorial by Martin Schwartz for Journal of Cell Science 121, 1771 (2008). I'm not doing foundational astrophysics work, but I am helping others do it.

I recently saw an old friend for the first time in many years. We had been Ph.D. students at the same time, both studying science, although in different areas. She later dropped out of graduate school, went to Harvard Law School and is now a senior lawyer for a major environmental organization. At some point, the conversation turned to why she had left graduate school. To my utter astonishment, she said it was because it made her feel stupid. After a couple of years of feeling stupid every day, she was ready to do something else.

via: Franck Marchis