Moral Media – April 2024

Moral Media 2024 – April

We are excited to announce the seventh meeting of the Moral Media working group. This year’s #moralmedia24 agenda combines research proposals, a poster session, and breakout discussions sessions with the goal of generating multi-lab collaborations. Researchers working in the area of media and morality (broadly defined) are encouraged to attend. Please register your attendance by February 14, 2024.

Support for #moralmedia24 is generously provided by The School of Communication at The Ohio State University.

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Dates: April 5-7, 2024

Location: Pfahl Conference Center, The Ohio State University

We have a block of rooms at the conference center hotel. You should call 614-247-4000 (toll free: 866-247-4003) and use the codes “2024 Moral Media Conference” and “Dalton” to receive the conference rate of $165 per night (plus parking, plus tax).


Travel to and from Columbus, OH: Columbus, OH, is located in central Ohio and accessible by car, plane, and train. The closest airports are John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) and Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK)

Conference Agenda

Friday April 5

  • 2-4pm: Registration (202 Pfahl Hall Conference Center)
  • 6-8pm: Reception with hors d’oeuvres (202 Pfahl Hall Conference Center)

Saturday April 6

  • 7:30am-9:00am: Breakfast (Outside of 202 Pfahl Hall)
  • 9am-10:00am: Keynote from Andrew Luttrell (Ball State University)
  • 10:15am-11:15am: Panel Presentations on “Moral Perceptions of Others” (202 Pfahl Hall)
    • “They Were So Good at Being Bad: Balancing Effects of Morality and Competence in Narratives” – Benjamin Johnson, University of Florida; Allison Eden, Michigan State University; Serena Daalmans, Radboud University Nijmegen; Rachel Son, University of Florida; Benjamin T. Vollmer, University of Florida; Bhakti Sharma, Quinnipiac University
    • “Assessing the Boundaries of Character Interdependence in Affective Disposition Theory” – Charles Francemone, The Ohio State University; Matthew Grizzard, The Ohio State University
    • “The Effect of Storyworld Descriptive and Injunctive Norms about an Antihero’s Behavior on Moral Judgment” – Catherine A. Marple, Michigan State University; Laila Kunaish, Michigan State University; Y. Skylar Lei, Michigan State University; Elisavet Averkiadi,Michigan State University; Taenyun Kim, Michigan State University; Jared Ross, Michigan State University; Nancy Rhodes, Michigan State University
    • “AI Sycophancy as (Im)Moral Behavior” – Jaime Banks, Syracuse University
    • “Redefining Dispositions Using Moral Character” – Nicholas Matthews, The Ohio State University
    • “Social Cues and Moral Media Processing and Effects” – Kevin Kryston, Sam Houston State University
    • “Cultural Differences in the Effects of Moral Media on Children” – Drew P. Cingel, University of California, Davis; Allyson L. Snyder, University of California, Davis
  • 11:15am-12:30pm: Breakout Discussions for Forming Collaborative Projects based on Morning Panels (202 & 240 Pfahl Hall)
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Buffet (Hot Entrees with Salad Options)
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Poster Session (240 Pfahl Hall)
    • “(A)Moral Constructions of the Cyberpunk Media Genre” – Jaime Banks, Syracuse University
    • “Heroes or Villains in Science: Superhero Television Alters Children’s Perceptions of Scientists” – Blue Lerner, The Ohio State University; James Alex Bonus, The Ohio State University; Teresa Lynch, The Ohio State University
    • “A Test of Affective Disposition Theory in a Highly Interactive Narrative Context” – Annie Dooley, The Ohio State University; Teresa Lynch, The Ohio State University
    • “Finding The Most Suitable Word-Primes for the Moral Foundations Affect Misattribution Procedure: A Meta-Analytic Approach” – Sujay Prabhu, Michigan State University; Joshua Baldwin, University of Georgia; Ron Tamborini, Michigan State University; Kevin Kryston, Sam Houston State University
    • “Redefining Character Motivation and the Content that Embodies It: Insights from Story Creators” – Catherine A. Marple, Michigan State University
    • “The Character Engagement and Moral Adjustment Model: Extending To Moral Understanding” – Allison Eden, Michigan State University
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm: Panel Presentations on “Moral Language/Cooperation and Virtual Environments/Moral Emotions” (202 Pfahl Hall)
    • “COVID-19 Pandemic Anger Four Years Later: Predicting and Explaining Moral Emotions, Psychological Reactance, and Desires for Retribution” – Rebecca Frazer, University of Florida; Brittany Shaughnessy, University of Florida
    • “Media-inspired conversations about morality: Sequential analysis as a methodological approach” – Marie-Louise Mares, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Y. Anthony Chen, University of California-Irvine; James Alex Bonus, The Ohio State University; Bengisu Simsek, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • “The Moral Lens on China: The Influence of Moral Rhetoric in American News Coverage on Public Opinion about China” – Liao Xining, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • “Tackling the Challenge of Measuring Moral Appeals from Social Media Discourses: Comparing Dictionary, Vec-tionary, BERT, and Large Language Models” – Sijia Yang, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Liao Xining, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Anqi Shao, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yun-Shiuan Chuang, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dhruv Gupta, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Zening Duan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jisoo Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Heysung Lee, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yoo Ji Suh, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kaiping Chen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • “Race, Emotion, and Moral Judgment in Immersive Game Environments” – Andrew Weaver, Indiana University; Ishee Pardeshi, Indiana University
    • “Watching Together and Cooperating Together with Co-Viewers and Virtual Agents” – Sun Joo Grace Ahn, University of Georgia; Joshua Baldwin, University of Georgia; Nicholas David Bowman, Syracuse University; Allison Eden, Michigan State University; Lindsay Hahn, University at Buffalo; Bree McEwan, University of Toronto Mississauga; Kristine Nowak, University of Connecticut;  Daniel Pimentel, University of Oregon
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm: Breakout Discussions for Forming Collaborative Projects based on Afternoon Panels and Poster Session (202 & 240 Pfahl Hall)
  • Closing Remarks – Matthew Grizzard
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm: Conference Reception

Sunday April 7 (106 Journalism Building)

  • 9:30am-12pm: Buckeye Donuts & Coffee Breakfast and Continued Discussions for all who can attend

Questions: email