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Friday, March 25, 2016

Probing the relationship between brain activity and moral judgments of children

ScienceCodex News
Originally published March 9, 2016

Here is an excerpt:

To determine whether the early automatic or later controlled neural activity predicted actual moral behavior, the researchers then assessed the children's generosity based on how many stickers they were willing to share with an anonymous child. They then correlated the children's generosity with individual differences in brain activity generated during helping versus harming scenes. Only differences in brain signals associated with deliberate neural processing predicted the children's sharing behavior, suggesting that moral behavior in children depends more on controlled reflection than on an immediate emotional response.

The article is here.
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