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Behavioral Indices of Neuropsychological Processing Implicated in Moral Domain Reasoning amongst Children and Adolescents

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Department of Psychology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, 20123 Milano, Italy
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Department of Clinical Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC H3G 1M8, Canada
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Brain Sci. 2019, 9(12), 331; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9120331
Received: 20 October 2019 / Revised: 13 November 2019 / Accepted: 18 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Developmental Neuroscience)
Moral domain theory posits that moral knowledge is organized in separate domains related to moral and socio-conventional rules, with the latter being reliant on a statement made by authority. Domains may be contingent on different neuropsychological processing that may vary with age. Behavioral indices were measured in three age groups, to detect differences in the neuropsychological processing allegedly involved in the evaluation of rule transgressions in different domains. Acceptance of the transgressions was also investigated. Twenty-four children, 32 early adolescents, and 31 adolescents judged acceptability of rule transgressions when an authority figure allowed the transgression. Across age, moral-rule transgressions were less accepted and took significantly longer to be evaluated. In evaluating moral rule scenarios, children had the longest reaction times. Older adolescents took the least amount of time evaluating socio-conventional rule scenarios. Results suggest differences in the neuropsychological processing underlying decision making for moral and socio-conventional domains and that rule comprehension and distinction amongst domains increase by age. View Full-Text
Keywords: moral domains; moral reasoning; age-related differences; behavioral indices; socio-conventionality; children; adolescents moral domains; moral reasoning; age-related differences; behavioral indices; socio-conventionality; children; adolescents
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Caravita, S.C.S.; Astrologo, L.; Biancardi, G.; Antonietti, A. Behavioral Indices of Neuropsychological Processing Implicated in Moral Domain Reasoning amongst Children and Adolescents. Brain Sci. 2019, 9, 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9120331

AMA Style

Caravita SCS, Astrologo L, Biancardi G, Antonietti A. Behavioral Indices of Neuropsychological Processing Implicated in Moral Domain Reasoning amongst Children and Adolescents. Brain Sciences. 2019; 9(12):331. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9120331

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Caravita, Simona C.S.; Astrologo, Lisa; Biancardi, Giulia; Antonietti, Alessandro. 2019. "Behavioral Indices of Neuropsychological Processing Implicated in Moral Domain Reasoning amongst Children and Adolescents" Brain Sci. 9, no. 12: 331. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9120331

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