The Temperature of Morality: A Behavioral Study Concerning the Effect of Moral Decisions on Facial Thermal Variations in Video Games

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Abstract

In this paper, we report on an experiment with The Walking Dead
(TWD), which is a narrative-driven adventure game with morally
charged decisions set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. This study aimed to identify physiological markers of moral
decisions and non-moral decisions using infrared thermal imaging
(ITI). ITI is a non-invasive tool used to capture thermal variations
due to blood flow in specific body regions that might be caused
by sympathetic activity. Results show that moral decisions seem
to elicit a significant decrease in temperature in the chin region
20 seconds after participants are presented with a moral decision.
However, given the small sample involved, and the lack of significance in other regions, future studies might be needed to confirm
the results obtained in this work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFoundations of Digital Games
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2021
EventFoundation of Digital Games 2021 - Online, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 Aug 20216 Aug 2021
http://fdg2021.org/

Conference

ConferenceFoundation of Digital Games 2021
Abbreviated titleFDG
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period2/08/216/08/21
Internet address

Keywords

  • Decision-Making
  • Moral Decision-Making
  • Infrared Thermal Imaging
  • Video Games
  • Moral Psychology
  • physiological markers

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