The aftermath of September 11th highlights the need to understand how emotion affects citizens' responses to risk. It also provides an opportunity to test current theories of such effects. On the basis of appraisal-tendency theory, we predicted opposite effects for anger and fear on risk judgments and policy preferences. In a nationally representative… (More)
The authors examined the evolution of cognitive and emotional responses to terror risks for a nationally representative sample of Americans between late 2001 and late 2002. Respondents' risk judgments changed in ways consistent with their reported personal experiences. However, they did not recognize these changes, producing hindsight bias in memories for… (More)
T ERRORISM HAS CREATED unprecedented choices for ordinary people. As individuals, they must decide how to protect themselves and their families. As citizens, they must decide which policies best serve the nation's desire for physical safety, economic vitality, civil liberties, and social cohesion. Without good information, people may find themselves living… (More)
When we forecast our futures, to what extent do we rely on explicit and concrete facts versus implicit and fleeting subjective experiences? Results from two studies reveal that forecasting judgments hinge on at least two fleeting experiences: the specific incidental emotions one happens to feel at the time of forming a judgment and the subjective… (More)
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Three are the main questions that were posed to the audience during this discussion session: a) Can galaxy abundances be be-lieved?, b) What progress can we expect soon and from where? and c) Can we agree, as a community, on topics in which effort should be concentrated in the next five years? In what follows, the different contributions by people in the… (More)