“Knowledge of the functional use of concrete tools, such as hammers or screwdrivers, has been associated with activation of a left hemisphere network including the posterior temporal cortex, supramarginal gyrus, inferior parietal lobule, and lateral precuneus. Here we demonstrate that observing bank notes being cut up or torn, a critical violation of their function, elicits activation within the same temporo-parietal network.”
- say the research team. And, moreover, the study not only showed that observer’s brains register a response when seeing money destroyed, but also that the strength of the response varies according to the amount.
“… this activation is the greater the higher the value of the banknote.”
How the brain responds to the destruction of money is published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, Vol 4(1), Feb 2011, 1-10.Note: Attention researchers: Destroying banknotes may be illegal in some countries: