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A Call to Arms: The Need for More Psychological Research on Terrorism


A Call to Arms: The Need for More Psychological Research on Terrorism

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The aftermath of any major terrorist event brings with it blanket media coverage. The immediate questions address who might be responsible and which targets might be next. After a few days, the intensity of the coverage wavers, and with it, different kinds of interviewees are consulted. National security pundits and terrorism analysts welcome the reprieve, and are temporarily replaced by psychologists and other social scientists approached for a different kind of perspective. For these experts, the questions are as predictable as they are deceptive in their simplicity: ‘Why do you think they did it’ or ‘What causes someone to become a terrorist?’

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Horgan, John. 2016. "A Call to Arms: The Need for More Psychological Research on Terrorism." Social Psychological Review 18 (Spring): 25-28. https://www.academia.edu/23333833/A_Call_to_Arms_The_Need_for_More_Psychological_Research_on_Terrorism

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John Horgan
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