Marika Landau-Wells' research is broadly concerned with the effects of cognitive processes - including perception, attention, concept formation, and memory - on political behavior writ large. Her primary research project investigates the ways in which the psychological and neurological underpinnings of threat perception influence policy preferences, with a particular focus on national security decision-making.
Research Expertise and Interest
conflict, national security, political psychology
September 9, 2021
For tens of millions of Americans alive on Sept. 11, 2001, the images are indelible: Flames exploding from a tower of the World Trade Center against a brilliant blue sky. In the shock that followed those terror attacks, it was common to imagine that the world had changed forever. Just how, exactly, no one could know. Twenty years later, after so many other turns of history, the ragged withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a reminder of how the nation has struggled to answer the attacks.