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Sense and Sensibility: Three Components of Moral Sensitivity and Their Underlying Neural Mechanisms
University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A phenomenon explored in the field of the cognitive neuroscience of morality is moral sensitivity, which is a collective name for a subjective experience related to the ability to detect and respond to morally relevant cues in a given social situation. This thesis will review the underlying neural mechanisms of moral sensitivity and three key components: Empathy, moral disgust and moral intuition, also called moral “gut-feeling.” Initially, the thesis provides a basic explanation of what moral sensitivity entails and the primary observations of which brain regions are often associated with moral sensitivity. Studies show that emotion and cognition seem to be essential to the experience of moral sensitivity, which will be further emphasized by reviewing the chosen key components. Research on morality and empathy suggests that the affective and the cognitive components of empathy each are essential to moral sensitivity. The second key component, moral disgust, describes how moral sensitive people react to violations to society by being motivated to keep away from social interactions with poor moral influence. Research on the third key component explains how moral sensitivity can be affected by moral intuitions, here moral “gut-feelings,” depending on the closeness and emotional salience in a given situation.

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2019. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
moral sensitivity, emotion, cognition, empathy, moral disgust, moral intuition
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-17487OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-17487DiVA, id: diva2:1339725
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Cognitive Neuroscience
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Cognitive Neuroscience - Neuropsychology and Consciousness Studies
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Available from: 2019-07-31 Created: 2019-07-30 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved

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