Behavioral Analysis

Risk Perception and Communication

The interdisciplinary theme of Risk Perception and Communication is dedicated to advancing understanding of the dynamic relationships between public response, societal consequences, and risk and crisis communication in the event of a disaster. CREATE's research objectives in this theme are to formulate a better understanding of how the public perceives the risk associated with disaster events (both terror and non-terror), and assess the influence this has on their beliefs relative to these events, their notions of risk perceptions, and their behavioral decision-making, both in the immediate and in the long-term.

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Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) ultimately requires efforts consisting of an integrated collection of programs and policies that help prevent terrorism and deter individuals at risk of recruitment and radicalization. The primary goal of this theme is to reduce extremist violence and terrorist activity by developing cogent, forward-thinking policies that take a nuanced approach to violent extremism by exploring its origins and identifying the best methods for interrupting those on the pathway to violence. The efforts in this theme consist of research on the behavioral and environmental factors that influence an individual’s proclivity toward joining terrorist networks in the United States or traveling to fight abroad.

Foreign Fighter Recruitment Qualitative Study

This research effort seeks to advance the understanding of the foreign fighter recruitment dynamic in a specific United States municipality. To best understand the cultural, socioeconomic and community factors that coalesce to create a vulnerable target in the selected community, the research and analysis effort focuses on two primary parties: the recruiters (the adversary) and the community CVE actors (the defender). The goal is to understand the factors recruiters leverage to attract a foreign fighter and how defenders address these factors to thwart recruitment activities.

Additional Information:

Congressional Committee on Homeland Security Hearing: The Boston Bombings: A First Look

Bedrosian/CREATE Paris Massacre event

USC’s CREATE works with ‘Average Mohamed,’ a grassroots effort to counter foreign fighters

Dr. Southers examines emerging threats

CREATE Lecture Forum: The Growing Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism

Book: Homegrown Violent Extremism

HVE CREATE book talk video

HVE CREATE book talk article