Negativity Bias, Negativity Dominance, and Contagion

@inproceedings{Rozin2001NegativityBN,
  title={Negativity Bias, Negativity Dominance, and Contagion},
  author={Paul Rozin and Edward B. Royzman},
  year={2001}
}
We hypothesize that there is a general bias, based on both innate predispositions and experience, in animals and humans, to give greater weight to negative entities (e.g., events, objects, personal traits). This is manifested in 4 ways: (a) negative potency (negative entities are stronger than the equivalent positive entities), (b) steeper negative gradients (the negativity of negative events grows more rapidly with approach to them in space or time than does the positivity of positive events… CONTINUE READING

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