Exploring moral conflicts in speech : multidisciplinary analysis of affect and stress

Conference Contribution

Lee, M., Kim, J., Truong, K., de Kort, Y.A.W., Beute, F. & IJsselsteijn, W.A. (2017). Exploring moral conflicts in speech : multidisciplinary analysis of affect and stress. Seventh International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, 23-26 October 2017, San Antonio, Texas

Abstract

 

Our moral conscience as the “inner light” that
guides us shines brighter during moments of ethical conflicts,
when we notice a tension between our many oughts and/or
wants. We present the first analyses on speech related stress
and affect in accounts of moral conflicts. For our exploratory
study, we started with interviews on moral and immoral
events at work with entrepreneurs. Qualitative analysis revealed
that interviewees do share personal moral conflicts
without researchers probing for them. Quantitative analysis
showed quiet and even toned voice features when discussing
moral conflicts, and speech was laced with emotively positive
and negative words, though more negative words were used.
Moreover, we find promising results on our automatic classification
experiment using speech features. How and what moral
conflicts people deliberate on in real-life may be pertinent to
future research in affective computing, as well as applications
for decision-making support, ethical competences coaching,
therapy, and healthy moral selfhood.