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March 24, 3:30pm, Clark 214
Julia Haas (Rhodes College)
Title: A Neuroeconomic Model of Moral Cognition

Abstract: How do human beings make choices involving moral dimensions? I propose a neuroeconomic model of moral choice. Standard neuroeconomic models hold that the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) encodes participants’ valuation of material goods (e.g. food items) and propose a mechanism for how this encoding takes place (Plassman et al. 2007, Glimcher 2011, Padoa-Schioppa 2011). I argue that the OFC similarly encodes participants’ valuation of moral rules and present three possible encoding mechanisms. My account has important implications for our understanding of how normative choice develops in individual agents, including where the feeling that something is ‘just right’ or ‘just wrong’ comes from, and why moral rules affect individuals differently at different times. It further provides a principled alternative to the piecemeal approaches currently favored by many researchers in the neuroscience of morality.

April 7, 1:00pm, MSC 316
Big Questions Series: Scientific Realism and Antirealism
Led by Alex Bolano
Pizza and refreshements will be served.

April 29-30
Gateway Graduate Conference 2017

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