*RESEARCH* A Visual Moral Dilemma Experiment in PRESTON

Glen Carrigan visual Moral DilemmaMany people would love to think that when faced with a life of death decision, that they would do the right thing. But, is it really that simple? If you are in the PRESTON area and would like to see how you fare, we would really appreciate you taking part in the following experiment by booking in with one of our research assistants. Thank you.

During the following experiment you will be asked to fill in some basic demographic information, and take part in a study where you will be asked to respond to some visual demonstrations of ethical dilemmas. The visual demonstration will result in an ethical dilemma where a negative outcome will occur unless you choose to intervene, in which case a different negative outcome will take place. You will have a time limit to decide whether to intervene or not, you can choose not to act, or intervene by pulling a lever. Overall, we anticipate this will take you 5-10 minutes. We would ask you not to participate if you are under the age of 18.

The ethical dilemmas will require you to make very difficult decisions; the negative outcomes indicated above would result in the ‘death’ of an individual or individuals represented in the scenario. Therefore we would advise that you do not participate if you think this may cause you distress. You can also withdraw your participation at any time by simply informing the experimenter that you no longer wish to take part. The moral dilemmas are however used commonly in research on ethical decision making and we would anticipate they would not cause you undue distress.

It is important to note that we are interested in examining the responses made by participants and not making any judgments on those decisions.

Should you decide to take part your participation is anonymous. This means therefore you would be unable to withdraw your data at a later stage should you wish.

The data we collect will be submitted for publication with a journal and used in presentations/talks, etc. You will not be able to be identified from the data however due to its anonymity.



Glen Carrigan GACarrigan@uclan.ac.uk & Stuart Pugh SMPugh@uclan.ac.uk (Research Assistants)

Dr. Andrew Churchill & Dr. Andy Morley (Principal Investigators)

School of Psychology

University of Central Lancashire


United Kingdom



About glencarrigan

Glen Carrigan is a Neuropsychology Postgraduate Researcher and Senior Research Assistant in Clinical Practice at The University of Central Lancashire. Glen is a public speaker, humanist, science presenter, ex-soldier, and social and political activist with an interest in all things related to equality, science, education, and politics.

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