Accession Number:

ADA523370

Title:

Mutual Influence of Moral Values, Mental Models and Social Dynamics on Intergroup Conflict

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Mar 2009-14 Mar 2010

Corporate Author:

ARTIS RESEARCH AND RISK MODELING PHOENIX AZ

Report Date:

2010-04-16

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

A critical contribution of social science to improving national security prospects for the United States is to understand the behavioral mechanics and mental processing of inter-group hostility so as to influence and impede emerging conflicts before military or law enforcement means are required. We aim in this proposal to investigate the spread and influence of different cultural values and belief systems on developments within and between social networks. We will also explore the development and influence of social networks on the distribution and maintenance of antagonistic values and belief systems, and on the potential for transformation to values and beliefs that are less antagonistic. We will look at four test cases of inter-group conflict where we have already carried out pilot studies in the Middle East, India, and in Central and South America.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE