DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.6.1557

Brain Mechanism for the Feeling of Education Fairness Based on EEG

Fenghua Xu, Linyan Xue, Shipeng Zhang, Wei Zhang


Fairness plays a very important driving role in the decision-making process of the human society and is also a basic principle for human life. At present, people’s feelings of being treated fairly and the corresponding impacts on their behaviours have received widespread attention from experts and scholars. Considering the individual differences, by using the resting-state fMRI method, this paper investigates the correlation between the internal connections in the brain regions and decision making behaviours related to the feeling of unfairness under the influences of different educational statuses. According to the investigation results, compared with the proponents who receive better education, the subjects were more likely to accept the unfair distribution proposed by those in poorer educational statuses and give better ratings on the unfair distribution. When the proponents in better education status proposed unfair distribution, there were negative correlations between the rejection rate and the functional connectivity of the right mPFC and DLPFC and between the fairness score and the functional connectivity of the left mPFC and the right thalamus. In the resting state, the functional connectivity between the mPFC and the thalamus and DLPFC can help predict individuals’ different decision-making processes on the feeling of unfairness.


Education Status, Sense of Unfairness, Brain Mechanism

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