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Moral Intuition Versus Moral Reasoning In the Brain
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Humans express complex moral behaviour, from altruism to antisocial acts. The investigationof the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying our moral minds is of profoundimportance for understanding these behaviours. By reviewing recent findings in cognitive andmoral neuroscience, along with other relevant areas of research, the current study aims to: (1)Investigate the neural correlates of moral intuition and moral reasoning, and see how thesetwo systems relate to moral judgement and moral behaviour. (2) Examine how the moralintuitive system and the moral reasoning system relate to one another. Neuroscientificevidence suggests that these two systems are supported by different areas in the brain. Whiletheir relationship is argued to be both sequential, integrative and competitive, evidenceindicates that the moral reasoning system primarily functions as a post hoc rationalization ofour intuitive-driven judgements and behaviours. While our moral intuitive system motivateskin altruism, both moral intuition and moral reasoning serve to uphold reciprocal altruism.

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2014. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Morality, Moral Intuition, Moral Reasoning, Moral Judgement, Moral Behaviour.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-9574OAI: diva2:728588
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Mind, Brain and Wellbeing - Master’s Programme 60 ECTS
2014-05-26, H305, SKÖVDE, 14:42 (English)
Available from: 2014-08-11 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2014-08-11Bibliographically approved

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