By: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent | Shocking discovery? Money earned by exploitation is less rewarding, study shows | Neuroscience | The Guardian
Experiment involving theoretical financial reward in exchange for uncomfortable electric shocks on self or others reveals brain preference for less pain and lower profit
It’s the age-old question: does money buy happiness? The answer, according to scientists, depends on how you make your fortune.
A new study has found that ill-gotten gains elicit a weaker response in the brain’s reward system than money that has been earned scrupulously. The findings could explain why most of us are reluctant to exploit others for financial gains.