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What parts of the brain are responsible for moral judgment?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Different parts of the brain react, depending on the morality of the decisions you make. In some MRI tests, researchers found that the left frontal lobe and temporal lobes were activated when making moral judgments, and it seems that when some of that neural circuitry is injured, our morality can also be impaired. Cats have very small frontal lobes so they tend to not be as compassionate. Women appear to access this part of the brain (not the cats', their own) more than men, especially during childbearing years. In this respect, female brains become more like male brains after menopause.

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