Why are VMPFC patients more utilitarian? A dual-process theory of moral judgment explains

  title={Why are VMPFC patients more utilitarian? A dual-process theory of moral judgment explains},
  author={J. Greene},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • J. Greene
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • Koenigs, Young and colleagues [1] recently tested patients with emotion-related damage in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) using moral dilemmas used in previous neuroimaging studies [2,3]. These patients made unusually utilitarian judgments (endorsing harmful actions that promote the greater good). My collaborators and I have proposed a dual-process theory of moral judgment [2,3] that we claim predicts this result. In a Research Focus article published in this issue of Trends in… CONTINUE READING
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