Talk by Prof. Molly Crockett

Event Date: 
Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:00

CBC Seminars


Molly Crockett, from Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford (England), invited by Nuria Sebastian (SAP Group)


Title: Neuromodulation of moral decision-making


How we evaluate the suffering of others is a central concern in moral decision- making, but its neural basis is unknown. Here, we ask how people value others’ pain relative to their own pain, and how serotonin and dopamine influence aversion to pain for self and others. To investigate these questions, we observed people trading off profits for themselves against pain for themselves or an anonymous other person, and used computational models to quantify how they valued others’ pain relative to their own pain. In two behavioral studies, we show that most people selflessly sacrifice more money to prevent others’ pain than their own pain. In two subsequent pharmacological studies, we examined the effects of the serotonin reuptake inhibitor citalopram and the dopamine precursor levodopa on the valuation of pain for self and others. Citalopram and levodopa had distinct and opposing effects on moral decision-making. Our findings have implications for understanding antisocial behavior in psychiatric disorders associated with abnormal serotonergic and dopaminergic function.






Friday, March 27th, at 12:00



Campus de la Comunicacio UPF, C/ Roc Boronat, 132. MAP
Edifici 52 (Ed. Roc Boronat), room 52.S25

Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


How to get there:

Metro: Llacuna or Poblenou <L4>, Glories <L1>, Tram: Ca l’aranyó [T4]