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 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2016.
Publications and presentations regarding our work on mass suffering, psychic numbing, and Darfur are available here.
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- The more who die, the less we care: Confronting genocide and the numbing arithmetic of compassion. Talk delivered at TEDxKakumaCamp, Kakuma, Kenya, June 9, 2018.
- The Arithmetic of Compassion. Website founded by Paul Slovic which investigates psychic numbing, pseudoinefficacy, and other psychological barriers to compassion.
The limits of compassion don’t add up. Profile of Paul Slovic’s work on psychic numbing in The Register-Guard by Carolyn Kortge. March 18, 2018.
Why you’re numb to the horrors in Syria, according to an empathy researcher. Interview with Susie Poppick in Mic on why people are indifferent to the atrocities in Syria. February 21, 2018.
Mass Shootings and the Limits of Human Compassion. Article by Brian in Resnick in Vox that analyzes the public’s reaction to mass shootings using Paul Slovic’s work on psychic numbing. February 15, 2018.
North Korea Fears: Why You’re More Afraid of Getting the Flu Than Getting Bombed, Interview by Dana Dovey in Newsweek on the North Korean nuclear threat and psychic numbing. December 1, 2017
A Psychologist Explains the Limits of Human Compassion, interview by Brian Resnick in Vox on psychic numbing and the limits of compassion. July 19, 2017.
Head and Heart: Paul Slovic’s Quest to Make Compassion Count, profile on Paul Slovic’s work in Oregon Quarterly by Stephen Phillips. June 2017.
Profile in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. March 6, 2017.
- We’re Bad at Feeling Compassion for Large Groups, Says Psychology Professor, Interview on The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, January 13, 2017
- Statistical Numbing with Paul Slovic, interview on Data Stories podcast with Enrico Bertini & Moritz Stefaner. October 6, 2016.
- Paul Slovic elected to the National Academy of Sciences. May 3, 2016.
- Confronting the Arithmetic of Compassion: Decision Making and the World’s Most Urgent Problems, Interview on WCBN-FM Ann Arbor program, It’s Hot in Here. April 29, 2016.
- Numbers and Nerves: Addressing the Arithmetic of Compassion and the World’s Most Urgent Issues, Talk at the University of Oregon with Scott Slovic. April 19, 2016.
- Tribute to Paul Slovic at the 2016 Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference.