Center for Computer-Based Behavioral Studies
Semi-annual technical rept. no. 4, 1 Jan-30 Jun 1971
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The Center for computer-based Behavioral Studies CCBS on the UCLA CAMPUS IS DESIGNED AND WILL BE DEVELOPED TO OVERCOME A NUMBER OF THE METHODOLOGICAL LIMITATIONS BLOCKING SIGNIFICANT RESEARCH ADVANCES IN, AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES CONTRIBUTIONS TO, THE STUDY AND ANALYSIS OF NATIONAL POLICIES AND PROBLEMS. The Center is to be designed around a time-shared computer system that will make its informational and technological resources available to behavioral scientists and policy analysts located at widely dispersed university and research centers, offering them new and powerful research, policy planning, and educational tools. A number of these tools for studying and analyzing the behavior of individuals, groups, and social-political units are specifically relevant to help bridge the enormous gap that continues to exist between the policy analyst and the behavioral scientist. An essential part of the development of these broad methodological and technological areas is an ongoing program of substantive research on bargaining the conflict resolution behavior relevant to political crisis management. With the three areas of development laboratory gaming and simulation research, inductive data analysis, and data resources management sharing a common and systematic base of operation, the potentials for mutual support among them will be substantially enhanced. Central to all of these activities are plans based on a number of highly integrated software systems, hardware configurations and laboratory design and equipment requirements, stemming from ARPA0SUPPORTED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CONDUCTED OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS.