The neural basis of moral cognition: Sentiments, concepts, and values

Jorge Moll, Ricardo De Oliveira-Souza, Roland Zahn

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    The human moral nature has perplexed laymen and academics for millennia. Recent developments in cognitive neuroscience are opening new venues for unveiling the complex psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underling human morality and its impairments. Here we review these lines of evidence and key topics of debate and explain why investigating the mechanisms of cognition-emotion interaction and of the neural bases of moral sentiments and values will be critical for our understanding of the human moral mind. © 2008 New York Academy of Sciences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)161-180
    Number of pages19
    JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


    • Antisocial
    • Cognitive control
    • Emotion
    • Moral judgment
    • Motivation
    • Psychopathy
    • Sentiments
    • Social behavior
    • Social cognition
    • Values


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