PolSci175_Risk_Perception

PolSci175_Risk_Perception - People come up with risk...

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PS 175 – Risk Perception 07:05 Civic Voluntarism Model Recruitment o Being asked Resources o Time o Money o Civic Skills Psychological Engagement o Interest o Personal connection o Efficacy o Parental Model All points to behavior Stern’s Value-Belief-Norm Theory of Behavior Stern emphasizes: o Values (NEP) o Beliefs about the state of nature (adverse consequences) CVM emphasizes o Resources o Recruitment Both include engagement o Efficacy Risk Perception
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1. Tobbaco 95% 2. Asbestos 56% 3. Sunbathing 54% 4. Fat in Diet 33% 5. Pollution 26% 6. Nuclear Power 7% 7. High power electric 0% People look at risk and look at differently than what is the actual risk found by  scientists Some over-estimate, some under-estimate This can drive policy and politics Find risks by going out and getting data Uncertainty: No data, so we’re guessing
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Unformatted text preview: People come up with risk assessments of their own If you volunteer for it, youre more likely to be less scared If you dont volunteer, youre more likely to be scared Things that may kill you in the long run seem safer than things that may kill you immediately The more we know about something, the safer we feel about it If you are in control you feel safer (driver seat compared to passenger seat) If risk is new it seems scarier Chronic risks dont seem as dangerous as catastrophic risks Common risks (dying from old age, knowing someone is going to die) vs. dreadful (cancer, brain cancer) The chance of an accident resulting in a fatal accident 07:05 07:05...
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