"The neural bases of attitudes, evaluation, and behavior change," in The Neural Basis of Human Belief Systems. Psychology Press, 2013.

Type: 
Book Chapter
Author(s): 
Emily B. Falk and Matthew D. Lieberman
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The Neural Basis of Human Belief Systems, edited by Frank Kruger and Jordan Grafman, provides an interdisciplinary overview of what we currently know about the neural basis of human belief systems, and how different belief systems are implemented in the human brain. The chapters in this volume explain how the neural correlates of beliefs mediate a range of explicit and implicit behaviours ranging from moral decision making, to the practice of religion. Drawing inferences from philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, religion, and cognitive neuroscience, the book has important implications for understanding how different belief systems are implemented in the human brain, and outlines the directions which research on the cognitive neuroscience of beliefs should take in the future.