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  • Slovic, Paul (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1972)
    An effort was made to construct two structurally similar risk-taking tasks in order to evaluate inter-task consistency of individual differences. Only the mode of response differed between tasks. In one task, subjects chose ...
  • Slovic, Paul (1986)
    The objective of informing and educating the public about risk issues seems easy to attain in principle, but, in practice, may be difficult to accomplish. This paper attempts to illustrate why this is so. To be effective, ...
  • Vastfjall, Daniel; Slovic, Paul; Gergory, Robin (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
    This paper describes a psychological phenomenon called psychic numbing that devalues lives when many are at stake and thus enables political leaders to neglect mass suffering, in violation of our professed humanitarian ...
  • Slovic, Paul; Lichtenstein, Sarah; Fischhoff, Baruch (1980)
    Designers of programs for informing the public about radiation hazards need to consider the difficulties inherent in communicating highly technical information about risk. To be effective, information campaigns must be ...
  • Fetherstonhaugh, David; Slovic, Paul; Johnson, Stephen; Friedrich, James (1997)
    A fundamental principle of psychophysics is that people's ability to discriminate change in a physical stimulus diminishes as the magnitude of the stimulus increases. We find that people also exhibit diminished sensitivity ...
  • Peters, Ellen; Slovic, Paul; Vastfjall, Daniel; Mertz, C. K. (Society for Judgment and Decision Making, 2008-12)
    Measuring reaction times to number comparisons is thought to reveal a processing stage in elementary numerical cognition linked to internal, imprecise representations of number magnitudes. These intuitive representations ...
  • Slovic, Paul; Malmfors, Torbjorn; Krewski, Daniel; Mertz, C. K.; Neil, Nancy; Bartlett, Sheryl (1995)
    This study is a replication and extension in Canada of a previous study in the United States in which toxicologists and members of the public were surveyed to determine their attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions regarding ...
  • Slovic, Paul; Malmfors, Torbjorn; Neil, Nancy (1992)
    Human beings have always been intuitive toxicologists, relying on their senses of sight, taste, and smell to detect harmful or unsafe food, water, and air. As we have come to recognize that our senses are not adequate to ...
  • Slovic, Paul; Lichtenstein, Sarah; Fischhoff, Baruch; Layman, Mark; Combs, Barbara (1978)
    A series of experiments studied how people judge the frequency of death from various causes. The judgments exhibited a highly consistent but systematically biased subjective scale of frequency. Two kinds of bias were ...
  • Fischhoff, Baruch (Decision Research, 1985-05)
    Several procedures were used to elicit direct numerical estimates of the probabilities associated with various events created by the conjunction of three independent subevents. However the question was asked, many ...
  • MacGregor, Donald G.; Slovic, Paul; Race, Margaret (Decision Research, 1998)
    As space scientists and engineers plan new missions to Mars and other planets in our solar system, they will face critical questions about the potential for biological contamination of planetary surfaces. In a society ...
  • Finucane, Melissa (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
    The rapid globalization of the world economy has increased the need for a knowledge base of reliable socio-cultural differences in perceptions, values and ways of thinking about new food technologies. Awareness of ...
  • Dickert, Stephan; Kleber, Janet; Vastfjall, Daniel; Slovic, Paul (PLoS ONE, 2016-02-09)
    One of the puzzling phenomena in philanthropy is that people can show strong compassion for identified individual victims but remain unmoved by catastrophes that affect large numbers of victims. Two prominent findings in ...
  • MacGregor, Donald G.; Race, Margaret (Decision Research, 2001-02)
    As society enters the 21st century, NASA and its international partners are planning to conduct numerous new and exciting missions within the solar system. Many of these missions are motivated by scientific questions in ...
  • Broad, Kenneth; Leiserowitz, Anthony; Weinkle, Jessica; Steketee, Marissa (American Meteorological Society, 2007-05)
    This article reviews the evolution, communication, and differing interpretations of the National Hurricane Center's “cone of uncertainty” hurricane forecast graphic. It concludes with a discussion of this graphic from the ...
  • Svenson, Ola; Gonzalez, Nichel; Eriksson, Gabriella (Society for Judgment and Decision Making, 2014-09)
    Svenson (2011) showed that choices of one of two alternative productivity increases to save production resources (e.g., man-months) were biased. Judgments of resource savings following a speed increase from a low production ...
  • Slovic, Paul; Lichtenstein, Sarah; Fischhoff, Baruch (1984)
  • Vastfjall, Daniel; Slovic, Paul (De Gruyter, 2015-09)
    A defining element of catastrophes is the magnitude of their harmful consequences. To help society prevent or mitigate damage from catastrophes, immense effort and technological sophistication are often employed to assess ...
  • Kahan, Dan; Peters, Ellen; Dawson, Erica Cantrell; Slovic, Paul (The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School, 2013)
    Why does public conflict over societal risks persist in the face of compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence? We conducted an experiment to probe two alternative answers: the “Science Comprehension Thesis” ...
  • Kahan, Dan; Peters, Ellen; Dawson, Erica Cantrell; Slovic, Paul (Yale Law School, 2013)
    Why does public conflict over societal risks persist in the face of compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence? We conducted an experiment to probe two alternative answers: the “Science Comprehension Thesis” ...

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