The Brain of a Spiteful Person
Rebecca Saxe’s talk, “How To Read Each Other’s Mind”, made me think about discussing the subject of scanning the brain of a spiteful person. Let’s say we characterize spitefulness as someone who lies for manipulation, who cheats, who treats people unfairly and discriminates, who is aggressive, who does not respect others’ rights and functions purely based on a self-interest mode. When I talk to my students about how it would be possible, in the near future, to measure peoples’ covert intentions rather than their overt behaviors in addition to their unconscious thoughts through their brain activity, they ask me if there is a way to scan and read the brain of a mean person. My answer is generally yes but it is more complicated than just a yes.