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At the heart of morality lies neuro-visceral integration: lower cardiac vagal tone predicts utilitarian moral judgment

Abstract:

To not harm others is widely considered the most basic element of human morality. The aversion to harm others can be either rooted in the outcomes of an action (utilitarianism) or reactions to the action itself (deontology). We speculated that the human moral judgments rely on the integration of neural computations of harm and visceral reactions. The present research examined whether utilitarian or deontological aspects of moral judgment are associated with cardiac vagal tone, a physiological...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/scan/nsw077

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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
Van Bavel, JJ More by this author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Journal website
Volume:
11
Issue:
10
Pages:
1588-1596
Publication date:
2016-06-17
DOI:
EISSN:
1749-5024
ISSN:
1749-5016
Pubs id:
pubs:631364
URN:
uri:7100107a-125e-41c6-8683-1d8027ef432a
UUID:
uuid:7100107a-125e-41c6-8683-1d8027ef432a
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pubs:631364
Paper number:
10

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