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The affect heuristic, mortality salience, and risk: Domain-specific effects of a natural disaster on risk-benefit perception
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Ohio State University, OH 43210 USA.
Decis Research, OR USA; University of Oregon, OR 97403 USA.
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 55, no 6, 527-532 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine how affect and accessible thoughts following a major natural disaster influence everyday risk perception. A survey was conducted in the months following the 2004 south Asian Tsunami in a representative sample of the Swedish population (N = 733). Respondents rated their experienced affect as well as the perceived risk and benefits of various everyday decision domains. Affect influenced risk and benefit perception in a way that could be predicted from both the affect-congruency and affect heuristic literatures (increased risk perception and stronger risk-benefit correlations). However, in some decision domains, self-regulation goals primed by the natural disaster predicted risk and benefit ratings. Together, these results show that affect, accessible thoughts and motivational states influence perceptions of risks and benefits.

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Wiley , 2014. Vol. 55, no 6, 527-532 p.
Keyword [en]
Affect heuristic; risk perception; mortality salience; mood; natural disaster
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113008DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12166ISI: 000345219900001PubMedID: 25243906OAI: diva2:779066
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-08 Last updated: 2015-01-12

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