Friday, August 27, 2010

Expected Moral Value

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Scientists at Harvard University have found that humans can make difficult moral decisions using the same brain circuits as those used in more mundane choices related to money and food...

It seems that our capacity for complex, life-and-death decisions depends on brain structures that originally evolved for making more basic, self-interested decisions about things like obtaining calories," says Shenhav, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard. "Many of the brain regions we find to be active in major moral decisions have been shown to perform similar functions when people and animals make commonplace decisions about ordinary goods such as money and food”

Do humans make complex moral decisions with the same neurological processes used to determine whether we should get fries or mashed potatoes with our meal?  See US News & World Report for more on this.

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