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Why We Don’t Believe Science: A perspective from decision psychology

Feb 11, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Christina Dierkes

The Global Change, Local Impact Webinar welcomes Dr. Ellen Peters, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative at Ohio State. Dr. Peters will discuss "Why We Don’t Believe Science: A perspective from decision psychology." The webinar is free. Register at Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with log-in information.

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:

we'll consider examples in climate change and other politically charged domains
we'll present evidence-based strategies that can help improve communication