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DOI: 10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2013.36
URN: urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-41386
URL: http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2013/4138/
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Breithaupt, Fritz ; Gardner, Kevin M. ; Kruschke, John K. ; Liddell, Torrin M. ; Zorowitz, Samuel

The Disappearance of Moral Choice in Serially Reproduced Narratives

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Abstract

How do narratives influence moral decision-making? Our ongoing studies use serial reproduction of narratives, that is multiple retellings as in the telephone game, of morally ambiguous situations. In particular, we tested stories that include a minor misdemeanor, but leave open whether the wrongdoer will be punished by a bystander. It turns out that serial reproduction (retelling) of stories tends to eliminate the possibility of intervention by the bystander under certain conditions. We reason that this effect can be explained either by preferences of the readers or by the reader's discomfort to get involved. A second finding is that retellings of third-person narratives of moral situations lead to a higher degree of change and invention of the outcome than first-person narratives.

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@InProceedings{breithaupt_et_al:OASIcs:2013:4138,
  author =	{Fritz Breithaupt and Kevin M. Gardner and John K. Kruschke and Torrin M. Liddell and Samuel Zorowitz},
  title =	{{The Disappearance of Moral Choice in Serially Reproduced Narratives}},
  booktitle =	{2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative},
  pages =	{36--42},
  series =	{OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-939897-57-6},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2013},
  volume =	{32},
  editor =	{Mark A. Finlayson and Bernhard Fisseni and Benedikt L{\"o}we and Jan Christoph Meister},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl--Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2013/4138},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-41386},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.CMN.2013.36},
  annote =	{Keywords: Narrative, moral stories, side taking, serial reproduction, first-person versus third person narrative}
}

Keywords: Narrative, moral stories, side taking, serial reproduction, first-person versus third person narrative
Seminar: 2013 Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative
Issue Date: 2013
Date of publication: 18.07.2013


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