Professor of Psychology
University of Oregon
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Paul Slovic, a founder and President of Decision Research, 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).
Listeners will learn:
-What determines how people perceive and respond to risk.
-Why people oppose nuclear power.
-Whether public concerns about nuclear technologies are irrational.
-Whether public opposition will respond to rational appeals -The importance of trust in public response to risk and the difficulties of creating and maintaining trust.