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Perception of risk.
  • P. Slovic
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 17 April 1987
This research aims to aid risk analysis and policy-making by providing a basis for understanding and anticipating public responses to hazards and improving the communication of risk information among lay people, technical experts, and decision-makers. Expand
The Social Amplification of Risk: A Conceptual Framework
One of the most perplexing problems in risk analysis is why some relatively minor risks or risk events, as assessed by technical experts, often elicit strong public concerns and result in substantialExpand
Risk as Analysis and Risk as Feelings: Some Thoughts About Affect, Reason, Risk, and Rationality
Modern theories in cognitive psychology and neuroscience indicate that there are two fundamental ways in which human beings comprehend risk. The "analytic system" uses algorithms and normative rules,Expand
How safe is safe enough? A psychometric study of attitudes towards technological risks and benefits
One of the fundamental questions addressed by risk-benefit analysis is “How safe is safe enough?” Chauncey Starr has proposed that economic data be used to reveal patterns of acceptable risk-benefitExpand
The affect heuristic in judgments of risks and benefits
This paper re-examines the commonly observed inverse relationship between perceived risk and perceived benefit. We propose that this relationship occurs because people rely on affect when judging theExpand
The affect heuristic
In this paper, the development of the affect heuristic is traced across a variety of research paths followed by ourselves and many others and some of the important practical implications resulting from ways that this heuristic impacts the authors' daily lives are discussed. Expand
Perceived risk, trust, and democracy
Risk management has become increasingly politicized and contentious. Polarized views, controversy, and overt conflict have become pervasive. Risk†perception research has recently begun to provide aExpand
The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks
Seeming public apathy over climate change is often attributed to a deficit in comprehension. The public knows too little science, it is claimed, to understand the evidence or avoid being misled.Expand
Numeracy and Decision Making
Findings were consistent with highly numerate individuals being more likely to retrieve and use appropriate numerical principles, thus making themselves less susceptible to framing effects, and their affective responses were more precise. Expand