What Research Says about Defeating Terrorism

Seven enlightening studies from social psychology hold vital lessons for policy makers—and the rest of us.

Social psychology has generated a wealth of empirically tested wisdom that can help policy makers and the public address the threat of terrorism.

By understanding our propensities, among others, to “swarm and norm” in forming beliefs or take cues from others in the face of emergencies, we can develop more effective strategies and responses.

Additional studies offer insight about how we form social identity, why people resort to terror and how we might diffuse long-standing historical grievances.

Read on at Scientific American.