http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2006-08-06-brain-study_x.htm It's a "neuroeconomics" study. One might think that the term has something to do with economics, but it actually flies right in the face of it. Economics assumes that market participants act rationally. Neuroeconomics (and its predecessor "behavioral economics") overturn this assumption and start from scratch. I actually thought that when I decided to major in econ, I would learn about stuff like this. Not only is it not part of the curriculum, it's positively anathema! The article quotes Antonio Damasio, although he had nothing to do with the study. Hopefully, instead of trying to treat the symptoms of so many students, we can facilitate a flexible school system that won't compromise their emotions in the first place.