Moral Sensibility,Visceral Representations,and Social Cohesion: A Behavioral Neuroscience Perspective

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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.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Physiology and Biophysics Center for Brain Basis of Cognition Georgetown University,Washington D.C.,USA

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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