Rethinking moral decision-making: Navigating the Trolley Problem in Virtual Reality
Moral decision-making is traditionally assessed using text-based vignettes derived from philosophy, enabling systematic comparisons of moral principles. However, these scenarios are often contextually impoverished and fail to elicit the emotional reactions that might occur in real-life counterparts of the same moral conflict. To address this limitation, we have used Virtual Reality (VR) and Haptic VR technologies to recreate these dilemmas, finding a striking contrast between moral judgments in text-based scenarios and moral actions in VR scenarios. In this talk, I explore the implications of this work for models of moral decision-making and I reflect on the transformative potential of VR in moral psychology research.
Date: 30 November 2023, 10:30 (Thursday, 8th week, Michaelmas 2023)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Venue Details: Lecture Theatre
Speaker: Dr Kathryn Francis (Keele University)
Organisers: Dr Brian Earp (University of Oxford), Professor Ilina Singh (University of Oxford)
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Host: Dr Brian Earp (University of Oxford)
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Rachel Gaminiratne