Virtual reality-based conflict resolution: The impact of immersive 360° video on changing view points and moral judgment in the context of violent intergroup conflict

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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Date
2021-08
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en
Pages
24
2255-2278
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NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY, Volume 23, issue 8
Abstract
We present an experimental study conducted in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict that examined the effect of immersive 360° video on inducing a more critical perception of the ingroup’s actions in the conflict. An immersive experience of a simulated conflict scenario filmed from the outgroup’s point of view led to the judgment of the ingroup actors’ behavior as less moral and less justified compared to watching the same scenario as a two-dimensional video. This effect was not mediated through increased outgroup perspective-taking and empathy but through higher levels of hostile emotions toward the ingroup actors, which in turn were influenced by an increased sense of presence and engagement in the immersive experience. These findings provide initial evidence for the still widely unexplored potential of virtual reality as a new method for conflict resolution.
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Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2021.
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360° video, arousal, empathy, engagement, intergroup conflict, moral judgment, perspective-taking, physiological, presence, virtual reality
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Hasler , B S , H. Landau , D , Hasson , Y , Schori-Eyal , N , Giron , J , Levy , J , Halperin , E & Friedman , D 2021 , ' Virtual reality-based conflict resolution: The impact of immersive 360° video on changing view points and moral judgment in the context of violent intergroup conflict ' , NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY , vol. 23 , no. 8 , pp. 2255-2278 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444821993133