Moral Sensibility,Visceral Representations,and Social Cohesion: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective
The moral sentiments adumbrated by Adam Smith and Charles Darwin reflect some of our basic social appraisals of each other. One set of moral appraisals reflects disgust and withdrawal, a form of contempt. Another set of moral appraisals reflects active concern responses, an appreciation of the experiences (sympathy for some- one)of other individuals and approach related behaviors. While no one set of neural structures is designed for only moral appraisals, a diverse set of neural regions that include the gustatory/visceral neural axis, basal ganglia and iverse neocortical sites underlie moral judgment.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Physiology and Biophysics Center for Brain Basis of Cognition Georgetown University,Washington D.C.,USA
Publication date: 2005-01-01