Journal article

Immoral behaviour following brain damage: A review

Stefanie Roberts, Julie D Henry, Pascal Molenberghs

Journal of Neuropsychology | WILEY | Published : 2019


Despite the apparent sociability of human kind, immoral behaviour is ever present in society. The term 'immoral behaviour' represents a complex array of conduct, ranging from insensitivity to topics of conversation through to violent assault and murder. To better understand the neuroscience of immoral behaviour, this review investigates two clinical populations that commonly present with changes in moral behaviour - behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia and acquired brain injuries. Based on evidence from these groups, it is argued that rather than a single underlying cause, immoral behaviour can result from three distinct types of cognitive failure: (1) problems understanding others; (..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

J.D.H was supported by two Discovery Project grants (DP1093234 and DP150100302) from the Australian Research Council. P.M was supported by a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE120100120) from the Australian Research Council and a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (1000458) from the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The authors would also like to thank Robert Eres for his helpful feedback during the production of the manuscript.