Repeated exposure to narrative entertainment and the salience of moral intuitions

Allison Eden, Ron Tamborini, Matthew Grizzard, Robert Lewis, Rene Weber, Sujay Prabhu

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Abstract

R. Tamborini (2011, 2012) recently proposed the model of intuitive morality and exemplars (MIME), which combines theoretical developments in moral psychology with media theory to predict the influence of media exposure on morality. To test predictions from this model, a quasi-experimental study conducted over 8weeks exposed selected participants to an online soap opera. Participants' moral intuitions were measured pre-exposure and postexposure. Consistent with predictions, results showed that repeated exposure to morally relevant media content is capable of influencing the salience of moral intuitions. The findings are consistent with the model's description of underlying mechanisms explicating the manner in which entertainment can influence moral judgments, and demonstrate the value of understanding the relationship between exposure to entertainment and moral judgment processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-520
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

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