Peer pressure can shift an individual's punitive preference across a variety of contexts. Groups induce conformity by forcing less caution and more impulsivity in individuals, and by amplifying the value of punishment.
A new neuroimaging study provides an insight into the neurobiology of those willing to commit terrorist acts. Researchers consider the psychological and social factors which also contribute to radicalization, and discuss how inclusive societies could help in the fight against political violence.
Researchers report children with low self control at the age of 10 were more likely to take up smoking as adolescence and had higher rates of smoking during adulthood.