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 have developed new tests and math models to help quantify automatic moral and empathetic judgement.
Researchers question just how far fMRI research should go when trying to understand what exactly is going on inside our heads.
A new study reports genetics, in addition to environmental factors, influence morals and some personal behaviors in adults.
Reading about moral characteristics helps teens absorb those traits as building blocks for their own morality, a new study reports.
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 reports people with higher levels of moral reasoning appear to have increased grey matter volume in areas of the brain associated with complex social behavior and decision making.
Moral emotions are significantly more impaired than emotions without moral content in those with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). By contrast, those with Alzheimer's disease exhibit similar performance in both moral and extra-moral emotions as healthy subjects. The findings provide a novel biomarker for the diagnosis of FTD.
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.