MARINA SCATTOLIN

PhD

PhD program:: XXXIII



Thesis title: How the sense of body ownership shapes honesty: Evidence from behavioural, clinical and immersive virtual reality studies

Despite the increasing interest towards the relationship between body and morality, the evidence for a specific link remains rather controversial. One open question is whether being aware of our body signals (Body Self-Consciousness) biases our moral decisions towards dishonesty (by making us more sensitive to rewards) or honesty (by increasing the desire to preserve a moral image). In this series of studies, we focused on one of the components of Bodily Self-Consciousness, namely, the sense of Body Ownership. This is the feeling of having a body that belongs to the self in its entirety and its parts. Here we used different approaches to test whether body ownership could bias decisions towards honesty or dishonesty. Through a correlational study, we first investigated how the sense of ownership towards the physical body relates to moral identity and behaviour of individuals. Then, we experimentally manipulated the feelings of ownership associated to a virtual body and assessed how these modulations influenced the tendency act (dis)honestly. Lastly, we tested a group of participants reporting long-term reductions of the sense of ownership for part of their body, which results in the desire to have that part amputated (Body Integrity Disorder). Specifically, participants with and without a leg-related amputation desire could communicate moral and immoral decisions by using the owned and disowned leg. The results of these studies suggest that reductions of body ownership are associated with an increase of dishonesty. This seems to highlight a role of body ownership as a way to distance the self from immorality and lessen its effects. In other words, it is possible that modulations of the sense of ownership can facilitate preservation of a moral concept of self. Thus, specific training programmes aimed at enhancing corporeal awareness may increase the occurrence of honest behaviours in everyday interactions and contexts.

Research products

  • 11573/1342898 - 2019 - The role of bodily self-consciousness in morality and (dis)honest behaviour (04f Poster)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA; PANASITI, MARIA SERENA; AGLIOTI, SALVATORE MARIA
  • 11573/1342903 - 2019 - The role of Bodily Self Consciousness in Morality and (dis)honest behaviors (04f Poster)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA; PANASITI, MARIA SERENA; AGLIOTI, SALVATORE MARIA
  • 11573/1240028 - 2017 - Equilibrioception: a Method to Evaluate the Sense of Balance (04b Atto di convegno in volume)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA
  • 11573/1545562 - 2021 - How the sense of body ownership shapes honesty: evidence from behavioural, clinical and immersive virtual reality studies (07a Tesi di Dottorato)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA
  • 11573/1518100 - 2021 - Human moral decision-making through the lens of Parkinson's disease (01g Articolo di rassegna (Review))
    PONSI, GIORGIA; SCATTOLIN, MARINA; VILLA, RICCARDO; AGLIOTI, SALVATORE MARIA
  • 11573/1500025 - 2021 - Body ownership as a proxy for individual and social separation and connection (01b Commento, Erratum, Replica e simili)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA; PANASITI, MARIA SERENA; AGLIOTI, SALVATORE MARIA
  • 11573/1568052 - 2021 - Premio miglior tesi di dottorato (XXXIII ciclo) (14a Premio o riconoscimento scientifico)
    SCATTOLIN, MARINA
  • 11573/1580364 - 2021 - A bayesian approach to reveal the key role of mask wearing in modulating projected interpersonal distance during the first COVID-19 outbreak (01a Articolo in rivista)
    LISI, MATTEO; SCATTOLIN, MARINA; FUSARO, MARTINA; AGLIOTI, SALVATORE MARIA
  • 11573/1621440 - 2021 - Interpersonal distance: modulation of individual and social behaviour related to the COVID-19 pandemics (04d Abstract in atti di convegno)
    LISI, MATTEO; SCATTOLIN, MARINA; FUSARO, MARTINA
  • 11573/1621382 - 2021 - A Bayesian investigation of interpersonal distance during the first COVID 19 outbreak (04f Poster)
    LISI, MATTEO; SCATTOLIN, MARINA; FUSARO, MARTINA

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