How Individuals Engage With Terrorist Organizations

April 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm America/New York Timezone
RCB - 710 (Manners Room)
College of Business
35 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Speaker Name: John Horgan
Affiliation: Global Studies Institute, Psychology, Georgia State University
Location: RCB – 710 (Manners Room)

ABSTRACT: Terrorism is one of the most complex and challenging issues of our time. It is a term and concept that defies easy explanation, describing both a set of tactics as well as a broader strategy that can have overwhelming personal, social, and political consequences. The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the way in which psychological research can help us understand terrorist behavior. Drawing on autobiographical material, interviews, statements and communiqués, diaries, last will and testament videos of suicide bombers, this presentation will introduce the student to several major themes, controversies and challenges in psychological research on terrorism, and will identify a series of questions for future research from Organizational and Occupational Psychology.

A short list of “Learning Objectives”:

  • Understand why psychological perspectives on terrorist behavior have shifted from profiles to pathways
  • Understand why terrorist behavior can only be understood by appreciating its dynamics at multiple levels of analysis
  • Identify 4-5 critical areas of overlap between organizational and occupational psychology relevant to understanding terrorist behavior