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Changes in Brain Circuitry Play Role in Moral Sensitivity as People Grow Up


May 27, 2011

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Moral responses to similar situations change as people age, says a study that combined brain scanning, eye-tracking and behavioral measures to understand how the brain responds to morally laden scenarios. Preschool children and adults distinguish between damage done either intentionally or accidentally when assessing whether a perpetrator had done something wrong. Adults are much less likely than children to think someone should be punished for damaging an object. Full Story

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University of Chicago

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