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Is Morality Unified? Evidence that Distinct Neural Systems Underlie Moral Judgments of Harm, Dishonesty, and Disgust

Parkinson, Carolyn; Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter; Koralus, Philipp E.; Mendelovici, Angela; McGeer, Victoria; Wheatley, Thalia


Much recent research has sought to uncover the neural basis of moral judgment. However, it has remained unclear whether "moral judgments" are sufficiently homogenous to be studied scientifically as a unified category. We tested this assumption by using fMRI to examine the neural correlates of moral judgments within three moral areas: (physical) harm, dishonesty, and (sexual) disgust.We found that the judgment ofmoral wrongness was subserved by distinct neural systems for each of the different...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00017


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