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Ohio State Webinar To Discuss Why People Don’t Always Believe Science

12:00 pm, Thu January 14, 2016 – The January climate webinar will focus on decisionmaking in politically-charged domains like climate change

This event has been postponed to February 11 due to sitewide technical problems with the webinar service provider. If you already registered for the planned January event, your registration remains valid and active for that new date. We’ll also provide a recording of the webinar to all registrants, in case the new date does not fit your schedule.

Columbus The Ohio State University Climate Change Outreach Team will present “Why we don’t believe science: a perspective from decision psychology” on Thursday, January 28, 2016. People make hundreds of decisions every day, weighing risks and benefits and coming to conclusions. Ideally, they 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.

Dr. Ellen Peters, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University will discuss examples of non-objective decisions in climate change and other politically charged domains, and present evidence-based strategies that can help improve communication.

The webinar and Q&A session will be held on January 28 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Attendance is free, but registration is required – visit to sign up.

Certificates of attendance for professional development contact hours can be requested after the webinar; instructions will be provided during the session.

Dr. Ellen Peters is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Sciences Collaborative at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on understanding the basic building blocks of human judgment and decision making, including how critical information can be communicated to facilitate better decisions in health, financial, and environmental contexts. She is a current member of the National Academies committee on the Science of Science Communication, as well as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Experimental Psychology. Her research has been funded extensively by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University, including OSU Extension, Ohio Sea Grant, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, and the School of Environment & Natural Resources, to help localize the climate change issue by bringing research and resources to Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. More information about the team’s work is available at

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