Witnessing exemplary actions triggers admiration, a positive emotion that can pertain to concrete skills, or move the onlooker beyond physical characteristics to appreciate the abstract, moral implications. Participants reacted to narratives depicting skilled or virtuous protagonists first during a videotaped interview, then during fMRI. We analyzed participants’ gaze aversion (an indicator of disengaging from the immediate environment) and verbal construals (mentions of concrete characterist...Expand abstract
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Looking up to virtue: Averting gaze facilitates moral construals via posteromedial activations
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