Research

Experimental

MyBioethics application aims at teaching bioethics to all those who are interested in learning more about real bioethical challenges. To generate data on the app’s potential benefits to the users, we empirically study how the use of the app impacts users’ deliberative and moral competencies. In our experimental research setting, we will study whether the use of the app increases users’ ability to justify their decisions in moral dilemmas, search for the common good and recognize various ethical principles related to moral dilemmas. We will also make various changes to our research setting to study the impact of different design choices.

In-App

MyBioethics application has built-in research capabilities that are used to advance empirical exploration of moral intuition, ethical deliberation, and decision-making. With the approval of the authors of selected research instruments, we work to uncover interesting connections between relevant psychosocial constructs and detectable trends in the dilemma answers.

Research instruments

The table below displays the present selection of surveys as well as a few prospective additions. Our users can utilise these for ethical self-reflection whilst anonymously contributing to a new and exciting form of empirical ethics research.

Research instrumentOriginal publicationVersion publicationItemsFactorsAdded
Need for Cognition scaleCacioppo & Petty 1982de Holanda Coelho et.al. 202061Yes
Existential Quest scalePachterbeke et.al. 2011Rizzo et.al. 201981Yes
Need for Affect scaleMaio & Esses 2002Appel et.al. 2012102Yes
Nature Relatedness ScaleNisbet et.al. 2008Nisbet & Zelenski 201361Yes
Life Orientation TestScheier & Carver 1985Scheier et.al. 199461
Need for Closure scaleWebster & Kruglanski 1994Roets & Van Hiel 2011155
Moral Sensitivity scaleKim Lützén et.al. 200693
Connectedness ScaleWatts et.al. 2022193
Intolerance of Uncertainty scaleBuhr & Dugas 2002Carleton et.al. 2007122
Last updated Nov 14, 2022

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MyBioethics research updates

23rd September 2022
The application has registered users from over 40 countries. Thank you to each one!

More updates will be released once a statistically significant number of entries has been submitted by our users and we have analyzed the data sufficiently.

Our warmest thanks

We want to express our warmest thanks to all our research collaborators. You can also review our team and sponsors here.

Existential Quest
Need for Affect
Need for Cognition
Nature Relatedness