http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/98apr/biomoral.htm- please read this article by Edmund Wilson, written in 1998. (look up who Wilson is if you don't already know)
Pivotal Study, 2004:
How (and where) does moral judgment work? by Joshua Green and Jonathan Haldt
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Joshua GreeneE-mail The Corresponding Author, a and Jonathan HaidtE-mail The Corresponding Author, b
a Dept of Psychology, Green Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544-1010, USA
b Dept of Psychology, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400400, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400, USA
Available online 4 December 2002.
Moral psychology has long focused on reasoning, but recent evidence suggests that moral judgment is more a matter of emotion and affective intuition than deliberate reasoning. Here we discuss recent findings in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, including several studies that specifically investigate moral judgment. These findings indicate the importance of affect, although they allow that reasoning can play a restricted but significant role in moral judgment. They also point towards a preliminary account of the functional neuroanatomy of moral judgment, according to which many brain areas make important contributions to moral judgment although none is devoted specifically to it.
Recent work in cognitive neuroscience suggests that moral judgment is more a matter of emotion and affective intuition than deliberate reasoning.