Antidotes for Anthrax Anecdotes

  title={Antidotes for Anthrax Anecdotes},
  author={Charles R. Berger and Joel T. Johnson and Eun-Ju Lee},
  journal={Communication Research},
Two experiments, conducted approximately 6 weeks apart, examined the conjoint effects of participant rationality, as assessed by the RationalExperiential Inventory, and base-rate information on apprehension about a threat. Experiment 1 predicted and found that high-rationality individuals who first received context-expanding information about a relatively likely hazard (traffic deaths) manifested less apprehension in response to a subsequent news story about a less likely threat (anthrax death… CONTINUE READING