Numbers and Nerves
272 pages, 6 x 9
24 b&w illustrations
Paperback
Release Date:01 Oct 2015
ISBN:9780870717765
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Numbers and Nerves

Information, Emotion, and Meaning in a World of Data

Oregon State University Press
The human mind is quickly desensitized by information presented in the form of numbers, and yet many important social and environmental phenomena, ranging from genocide to global climate change, require quantitative description. The collected essays in Numbers and Nerves explore the quandary of our cognitive responses to quantitative information, while also offering compelling strategies for overcoming insensitivity to the meaning of such information. With contributions by journalists, literary critics, psychologists, naturalists, activists, and others, this book represents a unique convergence of psychological research, discourse analysis, and visual and narrative communication.
Scott Slovic is a professor of literature and environment and chair of the English Department at the University of Idaho. Paul Slovic is the president of Decision Research and a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon.
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