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Cognitive control in altruism and self-control: A social cognitive neuroscience perspective

  • Jeremy R. Gray (a1) and Todd S. Braver (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02320053
  • Published online: 01 April 2002
Abstract

The primrose path and prisoner's dilemma paradigms may require cognitive (executive) control: The active maintenance of context representations in lateral prefrontal cortex to provide top-down support for specific behaviors in the face of short delays or stronger response tendencies. This perspective suggests further tests of whether altruism is a type of self-control, including brain imaging, induced affect, and dual-task studies.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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