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|Year of election:||2011|
|Section:||Psychology and Cognitive Sciences|
Elke Weber has distinguished herself through many influential contributions in the area of the decision sciences. These include her research on the nature of risk, the influence of emotions and culture on risk perception and risk taking, and the influence of memory processes on human judgments and choice.
She is known for her exemplary engagement and efforts to utilize psychological theory and methods to examine one of the most important questions of our time – namely how people react to climate change – from a social science perspective. Her empirical work in this area is an important contribution to an evidence-based understanding of human environmental attitudes and actions, which lies at the basis of efforts to create decision structures that facilitate environmentally-sustainable behavior.