The Brain-Based Approach to Peace
1. Behavior is linked to brain functioning
How we perceive, and respond to, the environment is governed by the brain:
- Whether a situation is seen as threatening or safe depends on the degree of excitation of the amygdala, or “fear center.”
- The ability to control impulsive, violent behavior depends on the development of the prefrontal cortex—the “higher brain”—which governs higher executive functioning, such as impulse control, judgment, decision-making, and moral reasoning.