Paul Slovic (Social/Personality, Judgment and Decision Making, Risk Perception, Affect and Information Processing,Genocide and Human Rights, Behavioral Economics)


Office: Decision Research
Phone Number: 541-485-2400
E-mail address: pslovicatuoregon [dot] edu
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Research Interests and Publications:

Dr. Slovic studies judgment and decision processes with an emphasis on decision making under conditions of risk. His work examines fundamental issues such as the influence of affect on judgments and decisions. He also studies the factors that underlie perceptions of risk and attempts to assess the importance of these perceptions for the management of risk in society. His most recent research examines psychological factors contributing to apathy toward genocide. He no longer does classroom teaching but does advise students in their research. For further information visit Dr. Slovic's website:

Selected Publications:

Slovic, P. (2007). ”If I look at the mass I will never act”: Psychic numbing and genocide. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 79-95. Available at

Slovic, P., Finucane, M., Peters, E., & MacGregor, D. (2002). The affect heuristic. In T. Gilovich, D. Griffin, & D. Kahneman, (Eds.), Intuitive Judgement: Heuristics and Biases. Cambridge University Press.

Slovic, P. (2000). Perception of risk. London: Earthscan.

Slovic, P. (1995). The construction of preference. American Psychologist, 50, 364-371.

Slovic, P. (1987). Perception of risk. Science, 236, 280-285