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“Most public policy is based on offering people incentives and disincentives,” Berns says. “Our findings indicate that it’s unreasonable to think that a policy based on costs-and-benefits analysis will influence people’s behavior when it comes to their sacred personal values, because they are processed in an entirely different brain system than incentives.”

Research participants who reported more active affiliations with organizations, such as churches, sports teams, musical groups and environmental clubs, had stronger brain activity in the same brain regions that correlated to sacred values. “Organized groups may instill values more strongly through the use of rules and social norms,” Berns says…

“As culture changes, it affects our brains, and as our brains change, that affects our culture. You can’t separate the two,” Berns says…

Future conflicts over politics and religion will likely play out biologically, Berns says. Some cultures will choose to change their biology, and in the process, change their culture, he notes. He cites the battles over women’s reproductive rights and gay marriage as ongoing examples. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene, or poem based on a cultural shift that challenges people’s sacred values.

Journaling Prompt: Write about your personal values and how you feel if they are challenged.

Art Prompt: Brain and Societal Change

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