Why some people resist authority

Why some people resist authority
The urge to rebel against control over one's decisions is associated with the connectivity between parietal and frontal brain regions (shown in color). The stronger the synchronous activation was in these regions, the more likely were the participants to show defiant behavior Credit: Sarah Rudorf

Control aversion—the urge to rebel against control over one's decisions—can be explained by connectivity between two regions of the brain as well as behavioral measures of distrust and lack of understanding, according to a study of university students published in JNeurosci.

Individual differences in control aversion are well-documented and can interfere with , such as whether or not to vaccinate a child. To understand what drives these differences, Sarah Rudorf, Daria Knoch, and colleagues had participants play a game in which they divided money between themselves and another player, who could decide to restrict the participant's choice by asking for a minimum amount. Participants were informed that they would be compensated based on a randomly selected trial.

Connectivity between the parietal lobule and predicted the average difference in the chosen allocation level between the free choice and controlled conditions. Control aversion was also predicted by participants' reported feelings about the other player's trust in them and understanding of the other player's request for a minimum amount of money. By combining a social decision-making task with real consequences, this neuroimaging research provides new insight into the influence of choice restriction on personal decisions.


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More information: Neural mechanisms underlying individual differences in control-averse behavior, JNeurosci (2018). DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0047-18.2018
Journal information: Journal of Neuroscience

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mqr
May 14, 2018
The opposite questions may be more revealing:
Why some people are docile?
Why it seems that some need external drive?
Why they can not establish what is right and wrong by themselves?
Why they defend the law when the law in question can be utterly absurd, unnecessary, even damaging?

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