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Prosocial Motivation

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R. de Oliveira-Souza, R. Zahn, J. Moll

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780123970251, 9780123973160
Published14 Feb 2015

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Prosocial motivations are grounded on a family of moral sentiments that impel the individual toward the accomplishment of altruistic goals. Altruistic goals can be defined as those fundamentally motivated by improving the welfare of others. Studies on normal volunteers and patients with brain lesions and neuropsychiatric disorders have shown that the neural systems that underpin prosocial motivations are distributed along an extensive midline region that runs from the isthmus, caudally, to several ventromedial forebrain structures, rostrally. The challenge today lies in identifying the different contributions of the parts of this network to the organization of different modules of prosocial motivation.

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