The lateral prefrontal cortex and moral goal pursuit

Ryan W. Carlson, Molly J. Crockett

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In the face of competing desires, humans often strive to be fair, honest, and considerate of others. Research from social neuroscience implicates the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) in our capacity to pursue such goals, yet its precise computational role is less clear. Here, we draw on insights from the neuroscience of hierarchical control and value-based choice to offer an integrative look at how LPFC supports the pursuit of moral goals. We conclude by highlighting how future work may leverage these insights to deepen our understanding of the dynamic neural code of morality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
StatePublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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