Why do people resist authority

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The Moral Right to Resist Authority - George H. Smith

Why some people resist authority

There's a paradox in every command. Tell some people to do something, and they'll be less likely to do it. Restrict their choices, and suddenly all they want is the one option they can't have. This aversion to being controlled is one of the ingrained traits of humans and cats, obviously and touches diverse areas of life. But what fuels this impulse? In a new study published today May 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience , researchers found several factors: People balk at being controlled if they take it as a sign of being distrusted or if they have little understanding about the behavior of the other person who is restricting their freedom. And looking at the brain itself revealed a surprising factor that may help explain why some people are more control-averse than others, the researchers said.

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Control aversion -- the urge to rebel against control over one's decisions -- can be explained by connectivity between two regions of the brain as well as behavioral measures of distrust and lack of understanding, according to a study of university students published in JNeurosci. Individual differences in control aversion are well-documented and can interfere with important decisions, such as whether or not to vaccinate a child. To understand what drives these differences, Sarah Rudorf, Daria Knoch, and colleagues had participants play a game in which they divided money between themselves and another player, who could decide to restrict the participant's choice by asking for a minimum amount. Participants were informed that they would be compensated based on a randomly selected trial. Connectivity between the parietal lobule and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex predicted the average difference in the chosen allocation level between the free choice and controlled conditions.

A study from the Society For Neuroscience has found new evidence to explain why some individuals are more resistant to authority than others. The researchers have identified specific behavioral traits and functional connectivity in the brain that are associated with control aversion, which is the urge to rebel against constraints on personal decisions. Individuals with higher levels of control aversion are at risk of making poor decisions when their choices are limited. The experts found that an inclination to control-averse behavior was reflected in connectivity between two specific regions of the brain. Control aversion was also linked to distrust and a lack of understanding, according to the research. A total of 51 college students engaged in a game that was designed to periodically limit their choices as they divided money between themselves and another player.


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