Dr. Menches is also conducting research on the age-old question of why construction workers take physical risks on construction sites even when safer options are available. The research acknowledges that on a fast-paced, high-intensity construction site, the ability to “think on your feet” is a valued characteristic of construction foremen and crew members, and increasingly, there is pressure to understand how these individuals make decisions rapidly, particularly when the decision involves evaluating hazards and taking risks during the course of performing the daily work. Consequently, Dr. Menches’ research focuses on investigating the question: How do construction workers resolve personal risk dilemmas when their careful deliberation suggests one course of action while their intuitive impulses suggests a different course of action?
Furthermore, Dr. Menches is conducting research on emotive contract language and structure. The study will identify specific features of contract clauses that communicate a positive or negative emotive tone, and then, through experimentation, Dr. Menches will establish how specific language and features in the contract evoke specific emotional reactions in individuals.