Paul Slovic, a founder and President of Decision Research and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, studies human judgment, decision making, and risk analysis. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. He publishes extensively and serves as a consultant to industry and government. Dr. Slovic is a past President of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. In 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science. He has received honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics (1996) and the University of East Anglia (2005). Dr. Slovic was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.
Publications and presentations regarding our work on mass suffering, psychic numbing, and Darfur are available here.
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- Why We Are Indifferent to Boko Haram, Interview on WBEZ radio program Morning Shift, November 19, 2015 [Interview begins at minute 17]
- What Holds Us Back From Being Prepared For A Disaster? Interview on OPB’s Think Out Loud on the psychology of disaster preparedness, Oct. 14, 2015
- The Science of Risk Perception, Interview on Trend Following Radio, Oct. 1, 2015
- Would you help this child? Interview published in the Canadian French-language news magazine L’actualité, Sept. 8, 2015
- UO’s Slovic elected into American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 22, 2015
- Why Charlie Hebdo Gets More Attention Than Boko Haram, January 15, 2015
- Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions, November 5th, 2014. Listen to the story here.
- News Source 16 KMTR Eugene – Video Interview discussing public fear and perceived risk of Ebola, October 29, 2014
- Paul Slovic’s article in The Washington Post, October 27, 2014, Yes, our Ebola freakout is irrational. But there’s still a good reason to have the jitters
- Dr. Slovic was interviewed for an October 14, 2014 Benedict Carey New York Times article, “Experts Offer Steps for Avoiding Public Hysteria, a Different Contagious Threat. For related media and further reading, see The Threat of Ebola.
Government Decision-Making in Times of Genocide and Mass Atrocities
In April, Decision Research sponsored a two-day workshop on genocide prevention, featuring a keynote speech by Ambassador Princeton Lyman and and an open panel discussion titled “Preventing Mass Atrocities and Genocide: Strategies for the Future.”