The Neural Bases of Cognitive Conflict and Control in Moral Judgment

  title={The Neural Bases of Cognitive Conflict and Control in Moral Judgment},
  author={Joshua D. Greene and Leigh Nystrom and Andrew D. Engell and John M. Darley and Jonathan D. Cohen},
Traditional theories of moral psychology emphasize reasoning and "higher cognition," while more recent work emphasizes the role of emotion. The present fMRI data support a theory of moral judgment according to which both "cognitive" and emotional processes play crucial and sometimes mutually competitive roles. The present results indicate that brain regions associated with abstract reasoning and cognitive control (including dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex) are… CONTINUE READING
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