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Strategies for Risk Communication: Evolution, Evidence, Experience

ISBN: 978-1-57331-681-1
300 pages
May 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volumes comes out of a symposium, sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis and the National Science Foundation, which explored practical methods and robust theories of risk communication arising from recent research in risk perception, neuroscience, and the evolutionary social sciences. The symposium addressed how humans process and perceive uncertainty and risks. The purpose of the symposium was to synthesize the findings from these diverse fields to inform the development of practical strategies for risk communication.


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Introduction: W. Troy Tucker and Scott Ferson.

1. Numeracy and the Perception and Communication of Risk: Ellen Peters.

2. Evolution, Risk, and Neural Representation: Karli K. Watson.

3. Linguistic Uncertainty in Qualitative Risk Analysis and How to Minimize It: Janet M. Carey and Mark A. Burgman.

4. Transparency in Risk Communication: Graphical and Analog Tools: Elke Kurz-Milcke, Gerd Gigerenzer, and Laura Martignon.

5. Visualizing Seismic Risk and Uncertainty: A Review of Related Research: Ann Bostrom, Luc Anselin, and Jeremy Farris.

6. The Neuronal Substrate of Risky Choice: An Insight into the Contributions of Neuroimaging to the Understanding of Theories on Decision-making under Risk: Verena Vorhold.

7. Multiple Systems in Decision-Making: Alan G. Sanfey and Luke J. Chang.

8. A Frequency/Consequence-based Technique for Visualizing and Communicating Uncertainty and Perception of Risk: David Slavin, W. Troy Tucker, and Scott Ferson.

9. Risk Communication and Risky Choice in Context: Ambiguity and Ambivalence Hypothesis: X. T. Wang.

10. Models and Methods in Delay Discounting: Aaron D. Tesch and Alan G. Sanfey.

11. Science, Precaution and the Politics of Technological Risk: Converging Implications in Evolutionary and Social Scientific Perspectives: Andy Stirling.

12. Evolved Altruism, Strong Reciprocity, and Perception of Risk: W. Troy Tucker and Scott Ferson.

13. Perceiving Others' Perceptions of Risk: Still a Task for Sisyphus: Adam M. Finkel.

Index of Contributors
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This volumes comes out of a symposium, sponsored by the Society for Risk Analysis and the National Science Foundation, which explored practical methods and robust theories of risk communication arising from recent research in risk perception, neuroscience, and the evolutionary social sciences. The symposium addressed how humans process and perceive uncertainty and risks. The purpose of the symposium was to synthesize the findings from these diverse fields to inform the development of practical strategies for risk communication.
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"Thirteen papers as well as an introduction provide a summary of the best current thinking about barriers to effective communication.... Experts from evolutionary and social science, neuroscience, psychometrics, evolutionary biology, and risk science cover the gamut of issues in the uniformly excellent papers." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2009)
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