Combating Terrorism: Some Responses from the Behavioral Sciences

In January following a request from Presidential Science Advisor, John Marburger, APA's Science Directorate initiated a call for examples of research vignettes that might inform (directly or indirectly) strategies to deal with the aftermath of the nations terrorist attacks.

In January following a request from Presidential Science Advisor, John Marburger, APA's Science Directorate initiated a call for examples of research vignettes that might inform (directly or indirectly) strategies to deal with the aftermath of the nations terrorist attacks. Over the past three months many in the field have rallied and APA's Senior Scientist, Susan Brandon, has taken charge of archiving and disseminating that information.  We hope that others of you will be sufficiently moved by the range of issues addressed to see the relevance of your own research in this context and to consider providing an example of your own. Dr. Marburger and his staff at OSTP have expressed appreciation for these examples and they are clearly shaping his public presentation of the issue. For example, at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy last week, Dr. Marburger's keynote address was dominated by references for the need to understand the social and behavioral sciences.

Each of these vignettes is organized to answer a question by stating the problem, providing examples of relevant research and then providing implications/applications for counter-terrorism.