The Feeling of Risk: New Perspectives on Risk Perception

The Feeling of Risk: New Perspectives on Risk Perception

by Paul Slovic
     
 

ISBN-10: 1849711496

ISBN-13: 9781849711494

Pub. Date: 10/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Feeling of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, to describe the extension of risk perception research into the first decade of this new century.

In this collection of important works, Paul Slovic explores the conception of 'risk as feelings' and examines the interaction of feeling and

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The Feeling of Risk brings together the work of Paul Slovic, one of the world's leading analysts of risk, to describe the extension of risk perception research into the first decade of this new century.

In this collection of important works, Paul Slovic explores the conception of 'risk as feelings' and examines the interaction of feeling and cognition in the perception of risk. He also examines the elements of knowledge, cognitive skill, and communication necessary for good decisions in the face of risk.

The first section of the book looks at the difficulty of understanding risk without an emotional component, for example that disaster statistics lack emotion and thus fail to convey the true meaning of disasters and fail to motivate proper action to prevent them. The book also highlights other important perspectives on risk arising from cultural worldviews and concerns about specific hazards pertaining to blood transfusion, biotechnology, prescription drugs, smoking, terrorism, and nanotechnology.

Following on from The Perception of Risk (2000), this book presents some of the most significant research on risk perception in recent years, providing essential lessons for all those involved in risk perception and communication.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849711494
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Series:
Earthscan Risk in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

Part I: Risk as Feelings

1. The Affect Heuristic and the Attractiveness of Simple Gambles

2. Risk as Analysis and Risk as Feelings: Some Thoughts about Affect, Reason, Risk, and Rationality

3. Attentional Mechanisms in the Generation of Sympathy

4. Sympathy and Callousness: The Impact of Deliberative Thought on Donations to Identifiable and Statistical Victims

5. The More Who Die, The Less We Care

6. Numbers and Nerves: Toward an Affective Apprehension of Environmental Risk

7. Cigarette Smokers: Rational Actors or Rational Fools?

8. Affect, Risk Perception and Future Optimism after the Tsunami Disaster

Part II: Culture, Cognition, and Risk

9. Gender, Race, and Perceived Risk: The 'White Male' Effect

10. Discrimination, Vulnerability, and Justice in the Face of Risk

11. Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White-Male Effect in Risk Perception

12. Book Review: Fear of Democracy: A Cultural Evaluation of Sunstein on Risk

13. Risk Lived, Stigma Experienced.

Part III: Psychometric Studies

14. Public Perception of the Risk of Blood Transfusion

15. Expert and Public Perception of Risk from Biotechnology

16. Risk Perception of Prescription Drugs: Results of a National Survey

17. Predicting and Modeling Public Response to a Terrorist Strike

18. Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology

Part IV: Risk Knowledge and Risk Communication

19. The Social Amplification of Risk: Assessing Fifteen Years of Research and Theory

20. Numeracy Skill and the Communication, Comprehension, and Use of Risk-Benefit Information

21. Public Understanding of the Illnesses Caused by Cigarette Smoking

22. The Impact and Acceptability of Canadian-Style Cigarette Warning Labels among U.S. Smokers and Nonsmokers

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