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Where Morals Come From-And Why it Matters

Where Morals Come From-And Why it Matters

This video was recorded at MIT World Host: Technology and Culture Forum. A neuroscientist, lawyer and philosopher together manage to wrap their arms around the centuries' old question of the origins of human morality. Beatriz Luna's behavioral and imaging studies of the human brain provide evidence of an innate circuitry supporting moral cognition, and of distinct phases of development that directly relate to a person's ability to make a moral judgment. While the "cognitive control of behavior matures in adolescence," there are limitations in executive processes in the brain "that may limit an adolescent's ability to consistently determine and apply moral judgment." Luna says she "doesn't like people thinking adolescence is a disease." Instead, she sees it "as the last stop we have to... Show More

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