Our working group includes researchers in psychology and other fields in social sciences and the humanities from around the world. Research on compassion is part of a broad range of interests and study areas, and we meet regularly to collaborate and support one another in advancing our understanding. 


Paul Slovic Arithmetic of Compassion

Paul Slovic

Paul Slovic is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and a founder and President of Decision Research. He studies human judgment, decision making, and the psychology of risk. With colleagues worldwide, he has developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals and society. His recent work examines "psychic numbing" and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies. 

Scott Slovic Arithmetic of Compassion

Scott Slovic

Scott Slovic is Professor of Literature and Environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho, with an appointment in the Department of Natural Resources and Society as well. The founding president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment from 1992 to 1995, he has edited ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the leading journal in the field of ecocriticism, since 1995. He has worked for many years, as a teacher and writer, on topics related to ecological literary studies, environmental communication, and interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental humanities.  Much of his current research and teaching focuses on “information management” (how information is collected, communicated, and received) in the contexts of humanitarian and environmental crises.

Janet Kleber

Janet Kleber is an assistant professor at the Institute for Marketing Management, Department of Marketing, Vienna University of Economics and Business and at the Social Psychology Unit, Department of Psychology, Alps-Adria University Klagenfurt. Her research interests include charitable giving, prosocial behavior, numeracy, consumer behavior, and decision making.


Arvid Erlandsson

Arvid Erlandsson is a postdoctoral researcher at Linköping University. His research interests include moral psychology, decision making, and the psychology of charitable giving.

Stephan Dickert - Arithmetic of Compassion

Stephan Dickert

Stephan Dickert is an Associate Professor in Marketing at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include judgment and decision making, charitable giving, consumer psychology, and risk perception.

Leisha Wharfield - Arithmetic of Compassion

Leisha Wharfield 

Leisha Wharfield is the Administrator at Decision Research

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Daniel Västfjäll

Daniel Västfjäll is a professor of cognitive psychology at Linköping University and a research scientist at Decision Research. His research focuses on the role of affect in judgment and decision making, perception and psychophysics.

David Frank

David Frank is a professor of rhetoric at the Robert D. Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. He is an expert in rhetoric, critical reasoning, public address and debate. His research focuses on the role rhetoric plays to resolve conflict without violence.

Tehila Kogut

Tehila Kogut is a senior lecturer in the Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research interests include private and public decision making and prosocial behavior. Recent and current projects include research on the identifiable victim effect as well as charitable giving.

Gustav Tinghög

Gustav Tinghög is an associate professor at JEDILab at the Department of Economics, Linköping University. His research interests include behavioral economics, healtheconomics, and healthcare priority setting. He uses experimental methods to study the impact of non-selfish motivations and intuition on decision making and moral behavior. He also studies how institutions may shape/erode moral behavior and social preferences.

Lara Zhang - Arithmetic of Compassion

Lara Zhang

Lara Zhang is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Oregon and Decision Research. Her research interests include affect and decision making, judgment and decision making, dual-process theory and decision making under risk.

Enrico Rubaltelli

Enrico Rubaltelli is a university researcher at the University of Padua. His research interests include decision making, behavioral economics, behavioral finance, altruism, prosocial behavior, and moral judgment.

Andrew Quist - Arithmetic of Compassion

Andrew Quist

Andrew Quist is an administrative coordinator and research assistant at Decision Research