Risk, Perception, and Response Conference

Increasing our understanding of the situations in which people are likely to react poorly to evidence of risk


How people react to scientific evidence of risk is mediated by many factors, including how risk information is perceived and communicated, how they react to social and cultural influences, and how choices are structured. Examples abound of situations where individuals’ risk perceptions lead them to act in ways that appear contrary to their own interests, overreacting to or neglecting risks. How can situations in which individuals are likely to respond poorly be identified, and what can be done to improve their responses? To increase our understanding of the factors that contribute to these behaviors and to develop better options for fostering sound decisions, we organized a conference in March 2014 (more information).