Neuroscience is the endeavor of helping understand the human brain, and, by extension, a map of the thoughts and emotions of our lives. With the advancement of new technology like fMRIs, we can now have a clearer window into the way our brains work, yet these findings can also be oversimplified and misinterpreted. So what are the opportunities — and limitations — that neuroscience gives us when we think about questions of morality, punishment, justice and empathy? How do brains and culture interact? What findings are universal and which are more particular?
In this episode of Sacred Science, we speak with Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D., who is the John W. Jarve Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and studies how we assess the mental states of other people.