Deep Uncertainty, Collective Action, and Coordination in the Face of Climate Change

How Attention and Choice Processes Influence Choice Outcomes
Nov 27, 2023, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
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Event Description

Elke Weber is Professor of Psychology & Public Affairs, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy & the Environment, and a Kahneman-Treismance Center affiliate faculty member.

As part of the David Bradford Energy and Environmental Policy Seminar Series Weber will speak on how attention and choice processes influence choice outcomes in the domain of climate chance response.

Climate change-related decisions have three characteristics that set them apart from other simpler choices. They (i) involve an intergenerational public good, (ii) often require collective action and coordination to be effective, and (iii) typically have elements of deep uncertainty. Organized around these three choice characteristics, I will report on and synthesizes three recent studies that examine how the nature of the physical and/or social environment influences the attentional processes and decision-modes by which such decisions are being made. Such variants in attention and decision processes influence how the decision is resolved, i.e., what option is selected, by way of qualitatively-different evaluations of choice alternatives and by evaluating choice options in different order. A better understanding of the effects of the multiple ways in which climate-related decisions can be presented, framed, or steered and how such decision context influences choice can provide entry points for the design of choice architectures that enable more foresightful decisions, i.e., choices that will not be regretted in the long run.  

In-person attendance is intended for Princeton University ID holders (no RSVP req); other guests RSVP to [email protected].

  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy