Scientists find altruism center in monkeys' brains

12/26/2012 | Nature

Researchers at Duke University have found that a specific area of monkeys' brains is programmed to be altruistic in interacting with other monkeys. Researchers say their findings may shed light on human interactions and conditions including autism spectrum disorder. "This is the first time that we have had quite such a complete picture of the neuronal activity underlying a key aspect of social cognition. It is definitely a major achievement," says the University of Oxford's Matthew Rushworth.

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