Saturday, May 26, 2012,
9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Chair: Benjamin R. Newell University of New South Wales, Australia
Dread Risk: Terrorism & Bicycle Accidents Peter Ayton City University London, United Kingdom Gigerenzer (2004) claimed that dread evoked by the September 11, 2001 attacks prompted switching from flying to driving, producing additional road accidents causing 1,500 fatalities. We consider these disputed findings in light of our analyses of the effects of the 2005 London public transport attacks on bicycling and bicycling casualties.
The More Who Die, the Less We Care: Psychic Numbing and Genocide Paul Slovic University of Oregon The statistics of genocide and other mass atrocities fail to spark emotion or feeling and thus fail to motivate action. Recognizing that we cannot trust our intuitive moral feelings to motivate proper action against genocide, we must look to, and strengthen, moral argument and international law.
Complex Risky Choice and Emotions John W. Payne Duke University Research will be reviewed that explores both the direct effects (e.g., sensitivity to losses) and the indirect effects (e.g., the moods of happiness versus sadness) of emotions on risky choice. Choices between complex gambles with multiple outcomes, and the possibilities of both gains and losses is emphasized. The research includes measures of choice, response times, fMRI, and eye-tracking.