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Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers

Edited by Edited by Scott Atran (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Arcadi Navarro (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain), Kevin Ochsner (Columbia University, New York), Adolf Tobeña (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain), and Oscar Vilarroya (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Values, Empathy, and Fairness across Social Barriers

Published: June 2009

Volume 1167

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What makes suicide bombers capable of sacrificing themselves for a belief? Why do members of one race believe they are superior to another? How do subliminal messages affect the outcome of political polling? Using the tools of neuroscience and social science, researchers have learned a great deal about the brain's role in human behavior and interactions. This volume covers the proceedings of the first Barcelona Social Brain Conference organized by the New York Academy of Sciences, the Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovació, the Càtedra UAB \"el cervell social,\" and the European Science Foundation. The invited chapters examine the human qualities of empathy, sacred values, and cooperation, and focus on the ways that can be used to understand human conflict.