Better negative than positive? Evidence of a bias for negative information about possible health dangers.

@article{Siegrist2001BetterNT,
  title={Better negative than positive? Evidence of a bias for negative information about possible health dangers.},
  author={Michael Siegrist and George Cvetkovich},
  journal={Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis},
  year={2001},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={199-206}
}
Do the results of a scientific study influence confidence in the study's validity and the magnitude of change in the resulting perceived danger of the health risk investigated? Findings from the three investigations reported here indicate that scientific results that confirm a danger (negative results) do affect confidence in a study's validity and resulting risk assessments differently than results indicating low risk (positive results). Findings of Study 1 revealed that research results… CONTINUE READING