New research shows interesting insights into the relationship between satisfaction with financial rewards and the routes through which they were obtained.

A group of neuroscientists, including Jesus College fellow Dr Molly Crockett, devised an experiment to measure the brain processes that take place when people make moral decisions: in this case, the trade-off between self-benefit against the infliction of pain to others.  “The moral preference is that someone else’s pain is more aversive than one’s own pain,” Crockett says. “Gains made from harming others just weren’t that appealing.”

Read more in the article at Wired.  The original research was published in Nature Neuroscience.