Neuroscience of Morality

Neuroscience of Morality

Course Number(s): 

9.46

Instructor(s): 

School(s): 

Semester: 

  • Fall 2017

Course Level: 

  • Undergraduate

Class Days/Times: 

Mon 11:00am to 12:30pm
Wed 11:00am to 12:30pm

Course Description: 

Advanced seminar that covers both classic and cutting-edge primary literature from psychology and the neuroscience of morality. Addresses questions about how the human brain decides which actions are morally right or wrong (including neural mechanisms of empathy and self-control), how such brain systems develop over childhood and differ across individuals and cultures, and how they are affected by brain diseases (such as psychopathy, autism, tumors, or addiction). Instruction and practice in written and oral communication provided. Limited to 24.