Faculty Publications

Title

Rational Choice and Moral Decision Making in Research

Document Type

Article

Keywords

academic ethics, moral decision making, rational choice, research misconduct

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Ethics and Behavior

Volume

24

Issue

3

First Page

175

Last Page

194

Abstract

University psychology and sociology researchers rated the likelihood they would engage in misconduct as described in 9 research scenarios, while also making moral judgments and rating the likelihood of discovery and sanctions. Multiple regression revealed significant effects across various scenarios for moral judgment as well as shame and embarrassment on reducing misconduct. The effects on misconduct of the perceived probability of sanctions were conditioned on moral judgments in some scenarios. The results have implications for how universities address the prevention, detection, and sanctioning of research misconduct. © 2014 Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

5-1-2014

DOI of published version

10.1080/10508422.2013.830573

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