Neural components of altruistic punishment

  title={Neural components of altruistic punishment},
  author={Emily Du and Steve W C Chang},
  booktitle={Front. Neurosci.},
Altruistic punishment, which occurs when an individual incurs a cost to punish in response to unfairness or a norm violation, may play a role in perpetuating cooperation. The neural correlates underlying costly punishment have only recently begun to be explored. Here we review the current state of research on the neural basis of altruism from the perspectives of costly punishment, emphasizing the importance of characterizing elementary neural processes underlying a decision to punish. In… CONTINUE READING

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