London - While most of us are happy to take the credit when things go well, we are often less willing to take the blame when things go horribly wrong.
Now scientists have figured out why – our brains simply take longer to associate our actions with a bad result.
Researchers believe it is because the organ is “very much concerned” with reward rather than failure, as biologically good results are key to survival.
The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London asked participants to press a key that made either disapproving, neutral or approving noises.
They were then asked to estimate the time between the action and when they had heard the sound. Researchers discovered that people were significantly slower to recognise if their actions resulted in a bad consequence.
Professor Patrick Haggard, of the institute, said: “Our result suggests that people may really experience less responsibility for negative than for positive outcomes.” - Daily Mail