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Psychology and Disaster Risk Reduction arose out of our attending the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction meeting in Kobe, Japan, during January 2005. In the wake of the Indian Ocean Tsunami the preceding month, considerable attention was being paid to the geophysical aspects of early warning and humanitarian response,  with no attention to what could be called the psychology of preparedness and effective warning.

Our own examination of the area showed scattered research, little of it empirical, and thus, we felt there was a gap in the understanding the foundational psychological and cognitive processes involved with preparedness strategies and warning. PSYDRR became a platform for organizing a number of papers and workshops at International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) since 2006.

In the spring of 2011, the PSYDRR team planned to re-evaluate the design and content and relaunch the Web site ( The new site has an added relevance as a result of the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, which occurred on March 11, 2011. We plan to add information, data, and other resources relevant to this major natural and technological disaster, from the perspective of the behavioral and cognitive sciences.