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The neural bases of moral belief systems: Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, Roland Zahn, and Jorge Moll

ByRICARDO DE OLIVEIRA-SOUZA, ROLAND ZAHN, AND JORGE MOLL

Few studies have addressed the neural bases of belief as operationally defined by the attribution of trustworthiness to ideas and facts or the rejection of ideas and facts based on their purported content of truth. The present chapter focuses on this less explored facet of beliefs-more specifically, on the neurobehavioral processes that underlie beliefs in moral predicaments and norms that are held by at least some individuals pertaining to a social group (family, job, church). Thus stated, the adoption or rejection of a moral belief system is a powerful modifier of individual courses of action.