Antidepressants influence the moral principles of man

Researchers from Oxford University and University College London

in the experiment established that the moral principles of a person can change under the influence of antidepressants. In total the study involved 175 people, writes Raw Story.

The first group of doctors have prescribed citalopram, second – levodopa, a drug used in Parkinson's disease. The third group of patients received placebo. Volunteers were divided into pairs, and only one person in the pair had the right to decide who to hit with an electric shock.

It turned out that people who took antidepressants were ready to pay twice more money, so they wouldn't be electrocuted. Volunteers from the placebo group paid an average of 35 pence for his salvation and 44 pence for deliverance from the pain of his partner. In the group receiving citalopram, the participants were given 60 and 75 pence respectively.

"The findings help to understand how serotonin and dopamine affect the willingness of people to hurt themselves and others. We have proved that the commonly prescribed psychotropic medications affect moral decision making among healthy people. It makes you wonder about the ethical nuances associated with the adoption of this kind of drugs," says the study results Molly Crockett, head of the research group.

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