Monday, November 10, 2014

Are Neural Responses to Moral Dilemmas Different in Atheists?

QUESTION: are neural responses to standard moral dilemmas are influenced by religious belief?

METHODS: 11 Christians and 13 atheists were confronted with 48 different moral dilemmas and their neural activity measured.

RESULTS: a difference in neural activity between the atheists and the Christians was observed in the precuneus and in prefrontal, frontal and temporal regions.

CONCLUSION: the neurological response to moral judgment appears to be influenced by religious belief.

Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014 Feb;9(2):240-9