Why only fellow jihadists can change a suicide bomber’s mind

Source: The Times

Efforts to rationalise with would-be suicide bombers appear to be futile. Research has shown that the part of their brain that decides whether to act has already been switched off.

A brain-scanning study has shown that when al-Qaeda sympathisers are considering whether to fight or die for a sacred cause, their brain behaves very differently than when the cause is more mundane. In particular, the part that considers costs, benefits and consequences is shut down. However, the researchers said that it may be possible to switch it back on through peer pressure.

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