Neuromoral Diversity: Individual, Gender, and Cultural Differences in the Ethical Brain

  • Holtzman G
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This article discusses neuromoral diversity: Individual, gender, and cultural differences in the ethical brain. All of the findings discussed here add further complexity to a picture of neuromoral processing that other research has already suggested is extraordinarily complex. More researchers should follow the trail blazed by the authors mentioned in this essay, and consider what the neuroscience of moral judgment might look like if we were to free ourselves from the idea that we should be developing a unified picture of 'the moral brain.' Such a shift will also enable greater integration of important research into the effects of situational factors and of factors that distinguish types of moral violations on neuromoral processing. We should pursue the thought that moral judgment is a multifaceted and multiply realizable affair, and that the neural circuitry underwriting such judgment is also multifaceted, multiply realizable, and variable across cultures, individuals, and situations. This is the only ethical way forward, and it is also the path most likely to bear scientific fruit. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)




Holtzman, G. S. (2017). Neuromoral Diversity: Individual, Gender, and Cultural Differences in the Ethical Brain. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11.

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