Atheists are more likely to believe the morality of an action is based on its consequences, while theists are more inclined to endorse moral values that promote group cohesion. Both believers and non-believers share moral values related to protecting vulnerable individuals and liberty versus oppression, a new study concludes.
People make automatic and efficient decisions when learning to avoid others. When learning to avoid harming themselves, people make become more deliberative. The study also found people were more willing to repeat decisions that were previously harmful to themselves if they believed better results would occur in the future.
A new study contradicts conventional assumptions that belief in free will is tied to a person's moral behavior. Researchers say free will may promote moral behavior in specific contexts, but it is not indicative of moral behavior overall.
A new study reports brain areas associated with moral and social disgust are triggered in people when they believe healthcare funding is split unequally.
Researchers question just how far fMRI research should go when trying to understand what exactly is going on inside our heads.
Children as young as four are more willing to make personal sacrifices to punish those who do wrong, especially if they believe the punishment will teach the transgressor a lesson.
Making a moral decision phrased in a non-native language makes people more utilitarian, researchers report. When faced with a moral dilemma phrased in a foreign language, people were more inclined to act toward a common good and express an emotional distance.
A new study assesses existing research into 'moral enhancement' technologies and reports that current methods are neither wise nor feasible.
Both sleep and seizures reduce heart rate, a new study into mortality and epilepsy reveal. Seizures also disrupt the natural regulation of sleep-related changes. This can sometimes prove deadly and increase the risk of sudden death in epilepsy patients.