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This is the second question in a series of three questions on morality.

The first question Which morals are universal across the species?

The third question How is individual morality linked to psychological profiling?

Human morality could be linked to the survival instinct. It can also be linked to social controls and ensuring exclusive mating.

What is the psychology behind human morality? How has it developed and what purpose does it serve?

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Here is an awesome article about that: Psychology of Morality. Sunar, D. (2002). Psychology of Morality –  user3554 Aug 16 '13 at 11:40
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