Entry Date:
January 13, 2009

Inferring Mental States to Justify Blame

Principal Investigator Rebecca Saxe

We are generally fascinated by the mysterious brain, its anatomy and the related functions. Specifically, the Lab is interested in social cognition in general, Theory of Mind and Morality: To which extend do factors (e.g. emotions, intentions, causalities) contribute to the view of what is right and wrong? How are Theory of Mind and Morality related to each other and how do they interact in everyday life? This project in SaxeLab aimed to examine the cognitive and neural consequences of prior personal experience during moral reasoning. We hypothesized that prior personal experience would modulate the utilization of mental state information in moral reasoning.