31/08/2017
CSCN UAI study on terrorists hits international media
This issue of global interest was approached by the publication of Nature Human Behavior
Estudio del CSCN

The study by Agustín Ibáñez, a researcher at the Center for Social and Cognitive Neuroscience UAI (CSCN) and Director of INCyT on the pattern of moral cognition of terrorists, received more than 30 media notes from around the world, from the United States to countries of Europe.

Governments in countries with escalations of violence are beginning to pay attention to the social and psychological process of aggressive behavior, and thus in evidence-based interventions, terrorism is seen as a process that depends on multiple influences with decades of social and psychological learning .

Thus arises the study of Agustín Ibáñez, who points out that “the Colombian conflict represents a unique opportunity to evaluate the effects of the social context on the manifestation of dehumanization behavior and its related moral cognition processes.”

In addition, he adds that the research “reveals that extreme terrorists judge the actions of others by focusing on the results of an action rather than on their underlying intentions, suggesting that their moral code prioritizes results on the media. This abnormal pattern of moral cognition may be one of the key factors behind the cruel acts committed by terrorist groups. In summary, this result highlights the importance of evaluating moral judgment in characterizing terrorist groups and understanding the socio-cognitive processes involved in their brutal acts. ”

This issue of global interest was approached by the publication of Nature Human Behavior, and its results were mentioned in different media around the world, being the number 1 of reading and visibility in the magazine’s press within 15 days of published

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