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Perception of risk.
  • P. Slovic
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 17 April 1987
Studies of risk perception examine the judgements people make when they are asked to characterize and evaluate hazardous activities and technologies. This research aims to aid risk analysis andExpand
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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
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Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases
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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
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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
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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
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The affect heuristic
This paper introduces a theoretical framework that describes the importance of affect in guiding judgments and decisions. As used here, ‘‘affect’’ means the specific quality of ‘‘goodness’’ orExpand
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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
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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
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Numeracy and Decision Making
A series of four studies explored how the ability to comprehend and transform probability numbers relates to performance on judgment and decision tasks. On the surface, the tasks in the four studiesExpand
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