The psychophysiological experience of solving moral dilemmas together: An interdisciplinary comparison between participants with and without depression

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

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Dyads with a depressed and a non-depressed participant (N = 15) and two nondepressed 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
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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