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Psychic Numbing and Mass Atrocity


Paul Slovic


Decision Research; University of Oregon - Department of Psychology

David Zionts


Harvard Law School

Andrew K. Woods


Stanford Law School

Ryan Goodman


New York University School of Law

Derek Jinks


University of Texas School of Law

April 14, 2011

In E. Shafir (Ed.), The behavioral foundations of public policy (pp. 126–142). NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013.
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 11-56

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The 20th Century is often said to be the bloodiest century in recorded history. In addition to its wars, the century witnessed many grave and widespread human rights abuses. But what stands out in historical accounts of those abuses, perhaps even more than the cruelty of their perpetration, is the inaction of bystanders. Why do people and their governments repeatedly fail to react to genocide and other mass scale human rights violations?

A chapter in Eldar Shafir's edited volume, The Behavioral Foundations of Policy, forthcoming from the Russell Sage Foundation and Princeton University Press. Posted on SSRN in advance of publication with kind permission from Princeton University Press.

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Date posted: April 17, 2011 ; Last revised: May 1, 2013

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Slovic, Paul and Zionts, David and Woods, Andrew K. and Goodman, Ryan and Jinks, Derek, Psychic Numbing and Mass Atrocity (April 14, 2011). In E. Shafir (Ed.), The behavioral foundations of public policy (pp. 126–142). NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013.; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 11-56. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1809951

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