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How age-morphed images make Me feel: The role of emotional responses in building support for seniors

Title
How age-morphed images make Me feel: The role of emotional responses in building support for seniors
Authors
Lee, A. R.Kim, E.Hon, L.Chung, Y. J.
Ewha Authors
Eunice Eun-Sil Kim(김은실)
SCOPUS Author ID
Eunice Eun-Sil Kimscopus
Issue Date
2020
Journal Title
COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR
ISSN
0747-5632JCR Link

1873-7692JCR Link
Citation
COMPUTERS IN HUMAN BEHAVIOR vol. 107
Keywords
Age-morphing technologyPerspective-taking frameworkPersonal distressEmpathic concernSenior-related issue campaigns
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This study examined the role of emotional responses to experiencing age-morphed images in promoting individuals' attitudes toward seniors and behavioral intentions to support senior-related issues. We investigated whether temporal status (i.e., current vs. future) manipulated by using age-morphing technology and the subject of images (i.e., self vs. other) elicited different emotional responses-personal distress and empathic concern. Drawing on the perspective-taking framework, we tested these emotional responses as an underlying mechanism to explain the seemingly ambivalent effects of age-morphing technology. A laboratory and an online experiment was conducted on different samples: Study 1 on university students and Study 2 on an extended population sample with ages ranging from 21 to 52 years. The findings for Study 1 revealed that university students exhibited a greater level of personal distress when they saw an age-morphed image, which led to unfavorable attitudes toward seniors. The results of Study 2 revealed that, when people saw an age-morphed image of another person, they showed greater empathic concern than when seeing their old future image, which served as a moderated mediator leading to favorable attitudes toward seniors and behavioral and financial support for the senior-related issues. Unlike the finding of Study 1, the increased personal distress led to positive outcomes. In addition, participants exhibited greater empathic concern, which led to a higher level of supportive intentions. The results demonstrated both emotional responses could operate as potential effects of age group, generating different outcomes. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications.
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DOI
10.1016/j.chb.2020.106263
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