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dc.contributor.authorFrancis, Kathryn B.*
dc.contributor.authorGummerum, M.*
dc.contributor.authorGanis, G.*
dc.contributor.authorHoward, I.S.*
dc.contributor.authorTerbeck, S.*
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-03T14:42:29Z
dc.date.available2019-06-03T14:42:29Z
dc.date.issued2018-08
dc.identifier.citationFrancis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G et al (2018) Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience. British Journal of Psychology. 109(3): 442-465.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/17103
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractRecent advances in virtual technologies have allowed the investigation of simulated moral actions in aversive moral dilemmas. Previous studies have employed diverse populations to explore these actions, with little research considering the significance of occupation on moral decision‐making. For the first time, in this study we have investigated simulated moral actions in virtual reality made by professionally trained paramedics and fire service incident commanders who are frequently faced with and must respond to moral dilemmas. We found that specially trained individuals showed distinct empathic and related personality trait scores and that these declined with years of experience working in the profession. Supporting the theory that these professionals develop resilience in moral conflict, reduced emotional arousal was observed during virtual simulations of a distressing dilemma. Furthermore, trained professionals demonstrated less regret following the execution of a moral action in virtual reality when compared to untrained control populations. We showed that, contrary to previous research, trained individuals made the same moral judgements and moral actions as untrained individuals, though showing less arousal and regret. In the face of increasing concerns regarding empathy decline in health care professionals, we suggest that the nature of this decline is complex and likely reflects the development of a necessary emotional resilience to distressing events.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12276en_US
dc.rights© 2017 The British Psychological Society. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Francis KB, Gummerum M, Ganis G et al (2018) Virtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilience. British Journal of Psychology. 109(3): 442-465, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12276. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.en_US
dc.subjectMoral judgmenten_US
dc.subjectMoral actionen_US
dc.subjectVirtual Realityen_US
dc.subjectJudgment-behaviour discrepancyen_US
dc.subjectMoral dilemmasen_US
dc.subjectEmergency professionalsen_US
dc.subjectEmpathyen_US
dc.subjectRegreten_US
dc.titleVirtual morality in the helping professions: Simulated action and resilienceen_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2017
dc.date.application2017-11-22
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscripten_US
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