Comparing virtual reality and text-based surveys for the assessment of moral decisions in traffic


In this paper, Sütfeld et. al compare virtual reality and text-based assessments, analyzing the effect that different factors in the methodology have on decisions and emotional
response of participants. We present two studies, comparing a total of six different conditions varying across three dimensions: The level of abstraction, the use of virtual reality, and time-constraints. Our results show that the moral decisions made in this context are not strongly influenced by the assessment, and the compared methods ultimately appear to measure very similar constructs. Furthermore, we add to the pool of evidence on the underlying factors of moral judgment in traffic dilemmas, both in terms of general preferences, i.e., features of the particular situation and potential victims, as well as in terms of individual differences between participants, such as their age and gender.