Neural signatures of third-party punishment: Evidence from penetrating traumatic brain injury

Leila Glass, Lara Moody, Jordan Henry Grafman, Frank Krueger*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The ability to survive within a cooperative society depends on impartial third-party punishment (TPP) of social norm violations. Two cognitive mechanisms have been postulated as necessary for the successful completion of TPP: Evaluation of legal responsibility and selection of a suitable punishment given the magnitude of the crime. Converging neuroimaging research suggests two supporting domain-general networks; a mentalizing network for evaluation of legal responsibility and a central-executive network for determination of punishment. A whole-brain voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping approach was used in conjunction with a rank-order TPP task to identify brain regions necessary for TPP in a large sample of patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury. Patients who demonstrated atypical TPP had specific lesions in core regions of the mentalizing (dorsomedial prefrontal cortex [PFC], ventromedial PFC) and central-executive (bilateral dorsolateral PFC, right intraparietal sulcus) networks. Altruism and executive functioning (concept formation skills) were significant predictors of TPP: Altruism was uniquely associated with TPP in patients with lesions in right dorsolateral PFC and executive functioning was uniquely associated with TPP in individuals with lesions in left PFC. Our findings contribute to the extant literature to support underlying neural networks associated with TPP, with specific brain-behavior causal relationships confirming recent functional neuroimaging research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-262
Number of pages10
JournalSocial cognitive and affective neuroscience
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2015

Fingerprint

Penetrating Head Injuries
Punishment
Prefrontal Cortex
Altruism
Theory of Mind
Brain
Traumatic Brain Injury
Concept Formation
Parietal Lobe
Functional Neuroimaging
Aptitude
Crime
Research
Neuroimaging

Keywords

  • Neurolaw
  • altruistic punishment
  • morality
  • prefrontal cortex
  • social cognition
  • traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Cite this

@article{a974588e66e7433a8e8cd13f0614e453,
title = "Neural signatures of third-party punishment: Evidence from penetrating traumatic brain injury",
abstract = "The ability to survive within a cooperative society depends on impartial third-party punishment (TPP) of social norm violations. Two cognitive mechanisms have been postulated as necessary for the successful completion of TPP: Evaluation of legal responsibility and selection of a suitable punishment given the magnitude of the crime. Converging neuroimaging research suggests two supporting domain-general networks; a mentalizing network for evaluation of legal responsibility and a central-executive network for determination of punishment. A whole-brain voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping approach was used in conjunction with a rank-order TPP task to identify brain regions necessary for TPP in a large sample of patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury. Patients who demonstrated atypical TPP had specific lesions in core regions of the mentalizing (dorsomedial prefrontal cortex [PFC], ventromedial PFC) and central-executive (bilateral dorsolateral PFC, right intraparietal sulcus) networks. Altruism and executive functioning (concept formation skills) were significant predictors of TPP: Altruism was uniquely associated with TPP in patients with lesions in right dorsolateral PFC and executive functioning was uniquely associated with TPP in individuals with lesions in left PFC. Our findings contribute to the extant literature to support underlying neural networks associated with TPP, with specific brain-behavior causal relationships confirming recent functional neuroimaging research.",
keywords = "Neurolaw, altruistic punishment, morality, prefrontal cortex, social cognition, traumatic brain injury",
author = "Leila Glass and Lara Moody and Grafman, {Jordan Henry} and Frank Krueger",
year = "2015",
month = "4",
day = "21",
doi = "10.1093/scan/nsv105",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "11",
pages = "253--262",
journal = "Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience",
issn = "1749-5024",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "2",

}

Neural signatures of third-party punishment : Evidence from penetrating traumatic brain injury. / Glass, Leila; Moody, Lara; Grafman, Jordan Henry; Krueger, Frank.

In: Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, Vol. 11, No. 2, 21.04.2015, p. 253-262.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Neural signatures of third-party punishment

T2 - Evidence from penetrating traumatic brain injury

AU - Glass, Leila

AU - Moody, Lara

AU - Grafman, Jordan Henry

AU - Krueger, Frank

PY - 2015/4/21

Y1 - 2015/4/21

N2 - The ability to survive within a cooperative society depends on impartial third-party punishment (TPP) of social norm violations. Two cognitive mechanisms have been postulated as necessary for the successful completion of TPP: Evaluation of legal responsibility and selection of a suitable punishment given the magnitude of the crime. Converging neuroimaging research suggests two supporting domain-general networks; a mentalizing network for evaluation of legal responsibility and a central-executive network for determination of punishment. A whole-brain voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping approach was used in conjunction with a rank-order TPP task to identify brain regions necessary for TPP in a large sample of patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury. Patients who demonstrated atypical TPP had specific lesions in core regions of the mentalizing (dorsomedial prefrontal cortex [PFC], ventromedial PFC) and central-executive (bilateral dorsolateral PFC, right intraparietal sulcus) networks. Altruism and executive functioning (concept formation skills) were significant predictors of TPP: Altruism was uniquely associated with TPP in patients with lesions in right dorsolateral PFC and executive functioning was uniquely associated with TPP in individuals with lesions in left PFC. Our findings contribute to the extant literature to support underlying neural networks associated with TPP, with specific brain-behavior causal relationships confirming recent functional neuroimaging research.

AB - The ability to survive within a cooperative society depends on impartial third-party punishment (TPP) of social norm violations. Two cognitive mechanisms have been postulated as necessary for the successful completion of TPP: Evaluation of legal responsibility and selection of a suitable punishment given the magnitude of the crime. Converging neuroimaging research suggests two supporting domain-general networks; a mentalizing network for evaluation of legal responsibility and a central-executive network for determination of punishment. A whole-brain voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping approach was used in conjunction with a rank-order TPP task to identify brain regions necessary for TPP in a large sample of patients with penetrating traumatic brain injury. Patients who demonstrated atypical TPP had specific lesions in core regions of the mentalizing (dorsomedial prefrontal cortex [PFC], ventromedial PFC) and central-executive (bilateral dorsolateral PFC, right intraparietal sulcus) networks. Altruism and executive functioning (concept formation skills) were significant predictors of TPP: Altruism was uniquely associated with TPP in patients with lesions in right dorsolateral PFC and executive functioning was uniquely associated with TPP in individuals with lesions in left PFC. Our findings contribute to the extant literature to support underlying neural networks associated with TPP, with specific brain-behavior causal relationships confirming recent functional neuroimaging research.

KW - Neurolaw

KW - altruistic punishment

KW - morality

KW - prefrontal cortex

KW - social cognition

KW - traumatic brain injury

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84960093568&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84960093568&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1093/scan/nsv105

DO - 10.1093/scan/nsv105

M3 - Article

C2 - 26276809

AN - SCOPUS:84960093568

VL - 11

SP - 253

EP - 262

JO - Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

JF - Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

SN - 1749-5024

IS - 2

ER -