Episode 11 - Moral decision-making and the brain, with Joshua Greene.


Jean-Francois Gariépy


Published on Aug 16, 2014

What experiments do psychologists use to identify the brain areas involved in moral decision-making? Do moral truths exist? We discuss with Joshua D. Greene, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of Moral Tribes.

Moral Tribes:

"0:16" Introduction.
"1:18" New David Pino's artwork in the background.
"1:45" The dual-process theory of moral judgments and the Trolley Problem.
"5:10" Emotion and rationality in the Trolley Problem.
"8:38" The metaphor of automatic and manual modes for decision-making.
"13:05" Self-report in experimental philosophy and psychology.
"19:05" The role of imagination and fictive scenarios in moral decisions.
"20:40" The role of visual simulation in decisions during a moral dilemma.
"23:49" Personality characteristics slightly modulate moral decisions.
"28:01" Joshua Greene's take on The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris.
"36:02" What is morality and are animals moral agents?
"40:12" Moral Tribes, the new book by Joshua Greene: David asks if morality is a fool's category?
"53:10" Construal-level theory of action representation.
"1:02:12" Rules, reflective thinking, and automatisms.
"1:04:26" Do moral truths exist and why don't they?
"1:08:39" Brain areas showing activity during moral decision-making.

Guests on the episode: Joshua D. Greene, Diana L. Xie, Jean-François Gariépy, Leanne Boucher, John L. Kubie and David L. Barrack.

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