ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (10): 1426-1433.

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A Theory on the Mechanism Underlying Moral Intuitions

TIAN Xue-Hong;YANG Qun;ZHANG De-Xuan;ZHANG Ye   

  1. (1 Department of Educational Science, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 China)
    (2 Brain and Cognitive Science Laboratory, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036 China)
    (3 School of Psychology, Southwest university, Chongqing 400715 China)
  • Received:2011-07-17 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-10-15 Published:2011-10-15
  • Contact: YANG Qun

Abstract: How cognition and emotion influences moral judgment has been the focus of dispute for decades in moral psychology and in the social neuroscience research. The present project proposes that there might be a universal moral intuition which consists of moral knowledge and emotions and drives our moral judgment in a fast and automatic way. Three studies are planned to be carried out to examine the hypothesis: In study 1, transcranial magnetic stimulation technique is employed to explore the possibility that moral intuitions are used to make moral judgment; In study 2, event–related potential technique is used to investigate the temporal features of moral intuition; In study 3, lateralized readiness potential is derived to examine how moral intuitions dissociate from basic disgust emotion.

Key words: moral intuition, emotional intuition, cognitive control, event-related potential, transcranial magnetic stimulation