Accession Number : ADA131439

Title :   Affect, Generalization, and the Perception of Risk.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Johnson,Eric J ; Tversky,Amos

PDF Url : ADA131439

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : Experimental manipulations of affect induced by a brief newspaper reports of a tragic event produced a pervasive increase in subjects' estimates of the frequency of many risks and other undesirable events. Contrary to expectation, the effect was independent of the similarity between the report and the estimated risk. An account of a fatal stabbing did not increase the frequency estimate of a closely related risk, homicide, more than the estimates of unrelated risks such as natural hazards. An account of a happy event which created positive affect produced a comparable global decrease in judged frequency of risks. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Risk, Perception(Psychology), Hazards, Toxic hazards, Disasters, Diseases, Warfare, Accidents

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE