The Psychophysiological Experience of Solving Moral Dilemmas Together: An Interdisciplinary Comparison between Participants with and without Depression

Emmi Koskinen, Samuel Tuhkanen, Milla Järvensivu, Enikö Savander, Taina Valkeapää, Kaisa Valkia, Elina Weiste, Melisa Stevanovic

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Abstract

Dyads with a depressed and a non-depressed participant (N = 15) and two non-depressed participants (N = 15) discussed a moral dilemma, during which the participants' gaze direction and skin conductance (SC) were measured. Partner gazing occurred most frequently when a speaker took a strong stance toward saving a person in the dilemma, depressed participants however looking at their co-participants less often than non-depressed participants. The participants' SC response rates were higher during responsive utterances expressing disagreement (vs. agreement) with co-participant ideas or suggesting that a person be sacrificed (vs. saved). We argue that a better understanding of the affective corollaries of human social interaction necessitates a balanced consideration of both contents of talk and behavioral patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number625968
JournalFrontiers in Communication
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • depression
  • experimentation
  • gaze
  • interdisciplinary research
  • moral dilemma
  • psychophysiology
  • social interaction

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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