An individual’s wisdom level has an impact on brain activation during moral decision-making


  • Higher wisdom scores are associated with greater engagement of brain regions within the default mode network (DMN) for moral-personal conditions, potentially enhancing the ability to recognize and process social and emotional cues relevant to decision‐making.

Why this matters

  • In a field where little is known about wisdom neurobiology, these preliminary findings suggest that individual differences in wisdom interact with moral condition in relation to brain activation in the DMN, a region associated with reflective thinking.