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ERIC Number: EJ1002031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Personal and Impersonal Stimuli Differentially Engage Brain Networks during Moral Reasoning
Xue, Shao-Wei; Wang, Yan; Tang, Yi-Yuan
Brain and Cognition, v81 n1 p24-28 Feb 2013
Moral decision making has recently attracted considerable attention as a core feature of all human endeavors. Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging studies about moral judgment have identified brain areas associated with cognitive or emotional engagement. Here, we applied graph theory-based network analysis of event-related potentials during moral decision making to reveal the personal/impersonal distinction in the organization of functional connectivity. Our results indicated that the personal task had more larger long-range connections involved in frontal regions and the right hemisphere, and higher network efficiency of some frontal electrodes such as F2 than the impersonal. These might be related to brain resource reorganization contributing to efficient conflict resolution. These findings provide new insights into neural mechanisms of moral dilemmas. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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