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Information Avoidance: Who, What, When, and Why
Although acquiring information can provide numerous benefits, people often opt to remain ignorant. We define information avoidance as any behavior designed to prevent or delay the acquisition ofExpand
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Exploring Causes of the Self‐serving Bias
The self-serving bias refers to a tendency for people to take personal responsibility for their desirable outcomes yet externalize responsibility for their undesirable outcomes. We review a varietyExpand
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Crisis decision theory: Decisions in the face of negative events.
How do people respond to negative life events? Crisis decision theory combines the strengths of coping theories with research on decision making to predict the responses people choose under negativeExpand
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Being the Best Bearer of Bad Tidings
Giving bad news is an unpleasant task, and the medical literature provides numerous guidelines for giving bad news well. However, what people mean by “giving bad news well” is less clear. What shouldExpand
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Predictors of interest in direct-to-consumer genetic testing
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing is an increasingly available option among individuals searching for information about their health risk factors and ancestry. This study is one of the firstExpand
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Is Optimism Always Best?
Although people generally appear optimistic about the future, they shift from optimism under certain circumstances. Drawing from a recent review of the literature, we describe how both optimism andExpand
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Predictors of Genetic Testing Decisions: A Systematic Review and Critique of the Literature
Genetic testing is increasingly available in medical settings and direct-to-consumer. However, the large and growing literature on genetic testing decisions is rife with conflicting findings,Expand
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Sobering up: a quantitative review of temporal declines in expectations.
Although people's outlook on the future tends to be characterized by hope and optimism, over time this outlook often becomes more dire. We review multiple theoretical accounts of this tendency toExpand
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Do You Want the Good News or the Bad News First? The Nature and Consequences of News Order Preferences
  • A. Legg, K. Sweeny
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality & social psychology bulletin
  • 1 March 2014
Information often comes as a mix of good and bad news, prompting the question, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” In such cases, news-givers and news-recipients differ in theirExpand
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Waiting for a baby: Navigating uncertainty in recollections of trying to conceive.
OBJECTIVE Guided by the uncertainty navigation model, this study examined experiences of uncertainty associated with trying to conceive and identified predictors of this experience using aExpand
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