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Mindhacks reports an experiment in which magnetic stimulation of the brain affected people's economic judgement. Could this process be used in simulations?

In the study, players of the Ultimatum Game, where players often reject their bargaining partner's unfair offers, showed substantially reduced willingness to reject their partners' intentionally unfair offers, which suggests that subjects are less able to resist the economic temptation to accept these offers.

There is apparently a new science of 'neuro-economics' emerging around this sort of thing.

If it is true that the brain's behaviour can be influenced in this way, then why not extend it to simulations? You could make Wall Street simulations more realistic by making players 'greedier', for instance. Or soldiers more likely to take risks. Inside your VR helmet, all you need is a set of magnets.....



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