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In recent years, research has shown drugs widely prescribed to treat conditions like anxiety or depression have been found to amplify characteristics such as empathy, self-control and increased trust; even an improvement in attitudes towards people of other races.

In a 2012 study, researchers at Oxford University found that propranolol — a beta-blocker drug  prescribed for high blood pressure — had the effect of reducing ‘subconscious’ racial biases in patients.

Neil Levy, deputy director of research at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, finds the potential of an all-purpose morality pill, an exciting way forward.

“The research is showing relatively small effects [but] it’s worth saying that relatively small effects on an individual level can add up to large effects at a population level,” Levy tells The Current’s guest host Kelly Crowe.

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