News Release 08-080 - Video
Paul Slovic discuses Psychic Numbing: why people feel for one person, but feel less for many people.
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Paul Slovic discuses how people can emotionally respond to one person in need, but also can become emotionally numb to many people in need. He calls the phenomena "Psychic Numbing" and wants the international community to carefully weigh and publicly justify either their action or inaction in cases of genocide and intentional mass murder as a method of overcoming it.
Credit: Video: National Science Foundation; photo: Kate Mereand