Paul Slovic

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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, politicized violence, and decision making pertaining to nuclear war. He no longer does classroom teaching but does advise students in their research. For further information visit Dr. Slovic's website: and

Dr. Slovic no longer teaches classes but is available to supervise student research projects within the domains of his major interests.

Dr. Slovic will not be accepting new students but is willing to serve on graduate student advising committees.

Selected Publications:

Slovic, P., & Lin H.S. (2020). The caveman and the bomb in the digital age. In H.A. Trinkunas, H.S. Lin, & B. Loehrke (Eds.) Three tweets to midnight: Effects of the global information ecosystem on the risk of nuclear conflict (pp. 39-62). Stanford, CA: Hoover Institute Press. Available at

Markowitz, D.M., & Slovic, P. (2020). Social, psychological, and demographic characteristics of dehumanization toward immigrants. PNAS. Advance online publication at

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