151 - Uncertainty 2

151 - Uncertainty 2 - UncertaintyPt.2

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Uncertainty Pt. 2 Uncertainty = Lack of confidence in one’s level of knowledge. Subjective Individually, Contextually, and Culturally Bound Uncertainty may be the result of information deficit Uncertainty may be the result of a singular piece of information Uncertainty may be the result of information overload Uncertainty Reduction paradigm vs Uncertainty Management paradigm Four defining beliefs: Uncertainty is detrimental. Information reduces uncertainty. Individuals seek information in response to uncertainty. Information-seeking is beneficial. Uncertainty is evolutionarily disadvantageous. Uncertainty is associated with anxiety. Uncertainty among refugees is associated with hopelessness.
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Physicians “open a space for uncertainty in the diagnosis, symptoms, and  prognosis” in medical encounters (e.g., Davis, 1960; Whitmarsh et al., 2008). 
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course COMM 151 taught by Professor Afifi during the Spring '09 term at UCSB.

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