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Perception of risk.
- P. Slovic
- 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.
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 substantial…
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,…
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-benefit…
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.…
The affect heuristic
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 the…
Trust, Emotion, Sex, Politics, and Science: Surveying the Risk‐Assessment Battlefield
- P. Slovic
- EducationRisk Analysis
- 1 August 1999
It is argued that danger is real, but risk is socially constructed and there is a need for a new approach to risk management that focuses upon introducing more public participation into both risk assessment and risk decision making in order to make the decision process more democratic, improve the relevance and quality of technical analysis, and increase the legitimacy and public acceptance of the resulting decisions.
Perceived risk, trust, and democracy
- P. Slovic
- 1 December 1993
Risk management has become increasingly politicized and contentious. Polarized views, controversy, and overt conflict have become pervasive. Riskâ€ perception research has recently begun to provide a…
Numeracy and Decision Making
- E. Peters, D. Västfjäll, P. Slovic, C. K. Mertz, K. Mazzocco, Stephan Dickert
- PsychologyPsychology Science
- 1 May 2006
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.