Text-based version of the Moral Sentiment and Action Tendencies (MSAT) task, optimised as part of the Antidepressant Advisor Study. Funded by the MRC (REF 2064430). Accompanying paper Duan et al , please also cite Zahn et al. 2015 (downloadable below)
--PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS VERSION HAS MODIFIED CODE COMPARED TO THE VERSION USED BY DUAN
* the Duan et al version did NOT contain anger/indignation towards self or verbally/physically attacking yourself
The MSAT was based on the value-related moral sentiment task (VMST), which has been validated in previous studies (Green et al., 2012; Green et al., 2013; Zahn et al., 2007; Zahn et al., 2009; Zahn et al., 2015). The task investigates the neurocognitive underpinnings of blame-related emotions, presenting short written statement describing hypothetical social behaviours, in which either the participant (self-agency) or their best friend (other-agency) acts counter to social and moral values.
This optimised version consists of 54 short written statements. To personalise the statements, participants are asked to name their best friend in the initial set-up.
The following data is collected:
* closeness to friend
Participants rate how close they feel to their best friend on a 7-point visual analogue scale, where 1 = not at all close and 7 = extremely close.
* moral sentiment
Participants are asked to select the emotion that best describes how they would feel given the unpleasant hypothetical situation: guilt, shame, indignation/anger towards self, contempt/disgust towards self, contempt/disgust towards friend, indignation/anger towards friend, or no feeling/other feeling.
* action tendency
Participants are also asked to select the action that they would most strongly feel like doing in the unpleasant hypothetical situation: creating distance from self, verbally or physically attacking/punishing yourself, hiding, apologising, creating distance from friend, verbally or physically attacking/punishing friend, or no action/other action.
* blame attribution
Participants are asked to indicate how strongly they would blame themselves and how strongly they would blame thier friend for the imagined behaviour using a 7-point visual analogue scale, where 1 = not at all and 7 = very much.
- MSAT_instructions_pavlovia_v2.docx: Instructions for participants, explaining the task
-Template_MSAT_excelversion_updatedAug22fwebpublication.xls: excel version uses excel macros and does not require Pavlovia
Our collection of neuropsychological tests includes those we developed to probe knowledge of social concepts, and the consequences of social behaviour in neuropsychiatric conditions such as frontotemporal dementia, as well as control tasks to assess the executive/attentional components of these tasks as described in our papers which are provided for download as well.
Our collection of regions of interest aligned to the SPM template in MNI space is useful for those who would like to use those for "small volume correction" of their results or extract average neuroimaging signals from these regions to investigate specific hypotheses.