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Neuron. 2007 Oct 4;56(1):14-8.

To detect and correct: norm violations and their enforcement.

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  • 1Department of Neuroscience, Computational Psychiatry Unit, Baylor College of Medicine, 1 Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


Compliance with social norms requires neural signals related both to the norm and to deviations from it. Recent work using economic games between two interacting subjects has uncovered brain responses related to norm compliance and to an individual's strategic outlook during the exchange. These brain responses possess a provocative relationship to those associated with negative emotional outcomes, and hint at computational depictions of emotion processing.

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