SBS talk series

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SBS talk series

Please join us for a talk given by Indrajeet Patil, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Moore Hall, room TBA
Intended Audience(s): Faculty, Students-Graduate
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Title: The behavioral and nueral basis of empathic blame

Abstract: Mature moral judgments rely both on a perpetrator's intent to cause harm, and alson on the actual harm caused - event when unintended. Much prior research asks how intent information is represented neurally, but little asks how even unintended harms influence judgment. In this talk, I will draw on some recent work to comment on the psychological and neural basis of this process, focusing especially on the role of empathy for the harmfulness information for different types of moral judgments, and individual differences in the extent to which this network was active during encoding and integration of harmfulness information determined severity of moral judgments. Additionally, activity in the network was down-regulated for acceptability, but not blame, judgments for accidental harm condition, suggesting that these two types of moral evaluations are neurobiologically dissociable. These results support a model of "empathic blame", whereby the perceived suffering of victim colors moral judgment of an accidental harmdoer.


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Courtney Rogers

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