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Contributions of Social Psychology to the Analysis and Resolution of International Conflict

Ronald J. Fisher, Visiting Senior Scholar, 2008

This paper will focus initially on the contributions that social psychology has made in the perceptual and cognitive areas, by drawing attention to various mechanisms, biases and errors that can irrationally feed the escalation process in intergroup and international conflict. Linked to this analysis, consideration will be directed toward heuristics and biases in social judgment and choice that have been identified as compromising the process of decision making relevant to conflict behavior.

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