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The Contribution of Emotion and Cognition to Moral Sensitivity: A Neurodevelopmental Study

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The Contribution of Emotion and Cognition to Moral Sensitivity: A Neurodevelopmental Study

Post  Admin on Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:29 am

The Contribution of Emotion and Cognition to Moral Sensitivity: A Neurodevelopmental Study

"Moral responses change as people age says a new study from the University of Chicago"

"This is the first study to examine brain and behavior relationships in response to moral and non-moral situations from a neurodevelopmental perspective":


Facts:
- The study revealed that the extent of activation in different areas of the brain as participants were exposed to the morally laden videos changed with age. For young children, the amygdala, which is associated the generation of emotional responses to a social situation, was much more activated than it was in adults.
In contrast, adults' responses were highest in the dorsolateral and ventromedial prefrontal cortex areas of the brain that allow people to reflect on the values linked to outcomes and actions.


- "Whereas young children had a tendency to consider all perpetrators malicious, irrespective of intention and targets (people and objects), as participants aged, they perceived the perpetrator as clearly less mean when carrying out an accidental action, and even more so when the target was an object,"

Full Article:

http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/05/26/cercor.bhr111.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=mQzN15nIEbVwHM3



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