Why We Don't Believe Science: A Perspective from Decision Psychology

Global Change, Local Impact Webinar Series
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00

January 28, 2016
12-1 pm ET

 

People make hundreds of decisions every day, weighing risks and benefits and coming to conclusions. In a perfect world, people are objective when they perceive risks and make decisions in climate and other domains. But psychological research suggests that this is not always how the human mind works.

In this webinar, they will consider examples in climate change and other politically charged domains, and present evidence-based strategies that can help improve communication.

The webinar is free. To register click here. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

Speaker: Dr. Ellen Peters, The Ohio State University

Dr. Ellen Peters is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on understanding the basic building blocks of human judgment and decision making, including how critical information can be communicated to facilitate better decisions in health, financial, and environmental contexts. She is former President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, former Chair of FDA’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee, and is a current member of the National Academies committee on the Science of Science Communication. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Experimental Psychology. Her research has been funded extensively by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Visit changingclimate.osu.edu and greatlakesclimate.com to view previous webinars and other climate resources.