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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (10): 1830-1842.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01830

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Exploring Moral Intuitive Decision-making and Its Mechanism

TANG Jiangwei1; LU Hong1; LIU Yi1; PENG Jian2   

  1. (1 School of education, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China)
    (2 School of management, Jinan University, Guangzhou 510632, China)
  • Received:2014-12-25 Online:2015-10-15 Published:2015-10-15
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Moral intuitive decision-making refers to making intuitive decisions in a moral situation. Moral intuitive decision-making includes at least three basic mental processes— unconscious processing, emotional processing and intuitive processing, which correspond to three possible brain circuits, neural systems for unconscious processing, for emotional processing and for intuitive processing. The present study analyzes, both objectively and subjectively, the general factors underlying moral intuitive decision-making—culture, moral situation, experience, emotion and moral intuition, in order to reveal the processing mechanism of moral intuitive decision-making. It is suggested that future studies should further consolidate the theoretical framework by designing more sophisticated experiments to explore the interaction of various factors in decision-making process and the relations among various brain areas.

Key words: moral intuitive decision-making, moral intuition, processing mechanism, neural network