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Changing minds by tracking eyes: Dynamical systems, gaze and moral decisions

Pärnamets, Philip LU ; Johansson, Petter LU ; Balkenius, Christian LU ; Hall, Lars LU ; Spivey, Michael J. and Richardson, Daniel C. (2013) CogSci 2013 In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Abstract
Decision making is a dynamic process. Alternatives compete over time, and this competition plays out in sensorimotor processes. This is true not just for perceptual decisions or simple categorisation tasks, but also for moral decisions, which are the outcome of a complex interplay of intuition, emotion and reasoning. In this experiment, we first establish a descriptive and causal link between gaze and moral judgement. We then use eye movements to track the time course of participants’ moral decisions and show that by interrupting their decision process based on their gaze position, we are able to influence what they decide. We interpret this as evidence for a dynamical systems view of decision making and argue that our results provide new... (More)
Decision making is a dynamic process. Alternatives compete over time, and this competition plays out in sensorimotor processes. This is true not just for perceptual decisions or simple categorisation tasks, but also for moral decisions, which are the outcome of a complex interplay of intuition, emotion and reasoning. In this experiment, we first establish a descriptive and causal link between gaze and moral judgement. We then use eye movements to track the time course of participants’ moral decisions and show that by interrupting their decision process based on their gaze position, we are able to influence what they decide. We interpret this as evidence for a dynamical systems view of decision making and argue that our results provide new insights into how judgements are reached and constructed in our embodied minds. (Less)
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Decision making, morality, dynamic systems, eye tracking
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Knauff, M.; Pauen, M.; Sebanz, N. and Wachsmuth, I.
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  abstract     = {Decision making is a dynamic process. Alternatives compete over time, and this competition plays out in sensorimotor processes. This is true not just for perceptual decisions or simple categorisation tasks, but also for moral decisions, which are the outcome of a complex interplay of intuition, emotion and reasoning. In this experiment, we first establish a descriptive and causal link between gaze and moral judgement. We then use eye movements to track the time course of participants’ moral decisions and show that by interrupting their decision process based on their gaze position, we are able to influence what they decide. We interpret this as evidence for a dynamical systems view of decision making and argue that our results provide new insights into how judgements are reached and constructed in our embodied minds.},
  author       = {Pärnamets, Philip and Johansson, Petter and Balkenius, Christian and Hall, Lars and Spivey, Michael J. and Richardson, Daniel C.},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society},
  editor       = {Knauff, M. and Pauen, M. and Sebanz, N. and Wachsmuth, I.},
  keyword      = {Decision making,morality,dynamic systems,eye tracking},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Cognitive Science Society},
  title        = {Changing minds by tracking eyes: Dynamical systems, gaze and moral decisions},
  year         = {2013},
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