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Conflict: How Soldiers Make Impossible Descisions

Neil D. Shortland, Laurence J. Alison, and Joseph M. Moran


This book is about decisions in military conflict and the psychological conflict they cause. By drawing on interviews conducted with real soldiers about real situations they faced, the book explores how soldiers choose between seemingly impossible options for which all outcomes appear horrendous. Their vivid and sometimes upsetting stories were part of the experience of war and became part of their identity. This book describes the processes that make choice selection so difficult; the psychology of decisional conflict; and the immediate, short-term, and longer term behavioral consequences of ... More

Keywords: decision-making, conflict, decision inertia, military, recognition prime, choice, consequence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190623449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190623449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil D. Shortland, author
Director, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Laurence J. Alison, author
Professor and Director, Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology, Applied Psychology Group, University of Liverpool

Joseph M. Moran, author
Cognitive Scientist, US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Research Associate, Harvard University, Center for Brain Science