The Moral Brain

The Moral Brain

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Scientists no longer accept the existence of a distinct moral organ as phrenologists once did. A generation of young neurologists is using advanced technological medical equipment to unravel specific brain processes enabling moral cognition. In addition, evolutionary psychologists have formulated hypotheses about the origins and nature of our moral architecture. Little by little, the concept of a a€˜moral braina€™ is reinstated. As the crossover between disciplines focusing on moral cognition was rather limited up to now, this book aims at filling the gap. Which evolutionary biological hypotheses provide a useful framework for starting new neurological research? How can brain imaging be used to corroborate hypotheses concerning the evolutionary background of our species? In this reader, a broad range of prominent scientists and philosophers shed their expert view on the current accomplishments and future challenges in the field of moral cognition and assess how cooperation between neurology and evolutionary psychology can boost research into the field of the moral brain.Jorge Moll and Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza In the present essay we propose that an extended form of attachment is an ... (Insel aamp; Young, 2001), evolved to enable the unique human ability to attach to cultural objects and abstract ideas.


Title:The Moral Brain
Author: Jan Verplaetse, Jelle de Schrijver, Sven Vanneste, Johan Braeckman
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-08-21
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