Moral Dilemmas

Project: Research project

Project Details


Moral Dilemmas Moral Dilemmas 1.0 Define Requirements This statement of work identifies the need to develop instruments and collect psychometric, task, and neurometric data from a group of 50 subjects. It also involves the analysis of the data to define relationships between leadership, moral complexity, and neural patterns. Further, the statement of work covers the need to disseminate study findings to the greater military community and to scholarly journals. 1.1 Develop Homeland Security Scenario with Moral Dilemmas Author and test a real-life homeland security type scenario containing a number of moral dilemmas. The tool will be used to create reactions in leaders and an opportunity to measure performance and EEG while considering alternative solutions. 1.2 Develop Psychometric Instrument/Deploy via the Internet Compile and edit two types of questionnaires to be deployed via the Internet. The first questionnaire will be answered by the focal participant, whereas the second will be answered by the followers/peers of the focal participant. Survey Monkey software will be used. 1.3 Preparations and Collection of Psychometric, Task, and qEEG Data Whereas psychometric data will be collected via the Internet and will require only limited operational support, qEEG data collection is a time intensive, hands-on processes. It is estimated that every subject will participate for approximately 60 minutes in a comprehensive process that involves baseline qEEG measures and a series of functional tasks revolving around moral dilemmas. The process will need to be authorized by the institutional review board at West Point and at ASU. 1.4 Digitizing Recordings of Interviews and Responses to Scenario Edit analog voice recordings of interviews and subject responses to the tactical military scenario and produce digital MP3 files. These digital files will be used to simplify the work of expert coders tasked with assessing the content of the responses (as described below). 1.5 Transcription of Interviews and Responses to Scenario Produce a complete transcript of all subject responses to the homeland security moral dilemma scenario. Transcriptions will be used by expert coders and researchers to analyze the content of responses. 1.6 Expert Coding of Responses to Scenario with Moral Dilemmas Expert coders (in the form of CRO experts) will listen to subject answers to the tactical military scenario and read the transcripts of the responses, then provide a comprehensive assessment of the performance of each subject on a variety of W911SD-08-P-0671 Page 4 of 11 predetermined scales. These coders will be trained and supervised by CRL faculty members. 1.7 Support for Researchers and Doctoral Student (collect & analyze data) Provide support for the management of all facets of the study, including the reporting functions. 1.8 Neuroscience Analysis Provide access to the neuroscience specialists who can collect the qEEG data and provide preliminary computational neuroscience analysis of the qEEG data. 1.9 Travel Needed for on-site data collection, coordinate neuroscience analysis, and to present findings to appropriate military (e.g., TRADOC, ARL, DARPA workshops and seminars) and scholarly audiences (e.g. Academy of Management Conference).
Effective start/end date9/26/083/31/12


  • DOD-ARMY: US Military Academy (Westpoint): $50,000.00


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