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1st Edition

Media and the Moral Mind

Edited By

Ron Tamborini

ISBN 9781138925571
Published June 8, 2015 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

Questions regarding the relation between media and morality have been a lasting concern. Can media exposure shape or alter moral values? Does morality influence how audience members select, interpret and respond to media content? Attempts to answer such questions are hindered by the complex nature of morality and its dynamic relation with media.

This volume brings together leading scholars in an effort to examine reciprocal processes that connect media with morality, and to set a course for understanding this association. Individual essays combine established and emerging theories from media and moral psychology to explain how fundamental mechanisms that govern moral reasoning can shape and be shaped by media exposure. Together these scholars provide an understanding of the relationship between media and morality that should serve as an invaluable resource for current and future generations of researchers.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword



Chapter 1: Moral Psychology and Media Theory: Historical and Emerging Viewpoints

Chapter 2: Universal Morality, Mediated Narratives, and Neural Synchrony

Chapter 3: A Model of Intuitive Morality and Exemplars

Chapter 4: Morality Subcultures and Media Production: How Hollywood Minds the Morals of its Audience

Chapter 5: The Experience of Elevation: Responses to Media Portrayals of Moral Beauty

Chapter 6: Moral Disengagement During Exposure to Media Violence: Would It Feel Right to Shoot an Innocent Civilian in a Video Game?

Chapter 7: Moral Monitoring and Emotionality in Responding to Fiction, Sports, and the News

Chapter 8: How We Enjoy and Why We Seek Out Morally Complex Characters in Media Entertainment

Chapter 9: The Psychological Functions of Justice in Mass Media

Chapter 10: The Role of Media in Children and Adolescents’ Moral Reasoning

Author Biographies

Selected Bibliography

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Ron Tamborini (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1982) is the Director of Doctoral Studies and a Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where he teaches courses on media influence and methods of communication inquiry.