Heart rate correlates of utilitarian moral decision-making in alcoholism

Martina Carmona-Perera, Gustavo A Reyes del Paso, Miguel Perez-Garcia, Antonio Javier Verdejo-Garcia

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Recent studies of moral reasoning in patients with alcohol use disorders have indicated a utilitarian bias, whereby patients are more likely to endorse emotionally aversive actions in favor of aggregate welfare (e.g., to kill a person in order to save a group of people). The aim of the present study was to examine psychophysiological correlates of this tendency indexed by heart rate. Methods: The sample was composed by 31 alcohol-dependent individuals and 34 healthy controls without alcohol use disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413 - 419
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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