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Research Article

Moral Concepts Set Decision Strategies to Abstract Values

  • Svenja Caspers mail,

    s.caspers@fz-juelich.de

    Affiliation: Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1, INM-2), Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany

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  • Stefan Heim,

    Affiliations: Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1, INM-2), Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany, JARA-BRAIN, Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, Jülich, Germany, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, Section Neurological Cognition Research, Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

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  • Marc G. Lucas,

    Affiliations: INEKO, Department Psychology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, Department of Business Studies – Leadership and Organization, FernUniversität Hagen, Hagen, Germany

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  • Egon Stephan,

    Affiliation: INEKO, Department Psychology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

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  • Lorenz Fischer,

    Affiliation: Institute of Economic and Social Psychology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

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  • Katrin Amunts,

    Affiliations: Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1, INM-2), Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany, JARA-BRAIN, Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, Jülich, Germany, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

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  • Karl Zilles

    Affiliations: Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1, INM-2), Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany, JARA-BRAIN, Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, Jülich, Germany, C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

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  • Published: April 01, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018451

About the Authors

Svenja Caspers, Stefan Heim, Katrin Amunts, Karl Zilles
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-1, INM-2), Research Centre Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Stefan Heim, Katrin Amunts, Karl Zilles
JARA-BRAIN, Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, Jülich, Germany
Stefan Heim, Katrin Amunts
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Stefan Heim
Section Neurological Cognition Research, Department of Neurology, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Marc G. Lucas, Egon Stephan
INEKO, Department Psychology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Marc G. Lucas
Department of Business Studies – Leadership and Organization, FernUniversität Hagen, Hagen, Germany
Lorenz Fischer
Institute of Economic and Social Psychology, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Karl Zilles
C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: s.caspers@fz-juelich.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SC SH MGL. Performed the experiments: SC SH. Analyzed the data: SC SH MGL ES LF KA KZ. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: KA KZ. Wrote the paper: SC SH KZ. Advised on interpretation of data with respect to value theories and their meaning for psychological and business research: ES LF. Advised on neuroscientific aspects of study design and interpretation of the results: KA KZ.