Cultural Neuroscience of Moral Reasoning and Decision-Making

Yi Yuan Tang, Rongxiang Tang

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Reasoning and decision-making, as an important aspect of a person's high-level cognition, may be influenced by cultural differences. For example, Asians tend to frame the decision to help as a matter of moral responsibility, whereas Americans are more likely to frame it as one's personal choice. In this chapter, we will discuss the cultural differences in high-level cognition, in regards to moral reasoning and decision-making, especially between the Chinese and American cultures. We will also explore the associated brain networks of cultural variation involved in this reasoning and decision process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780128009352
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain mechanism
  • Cultural differences
  • Decision-making
  • Dilemma
  • Moral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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