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Perception of Risk

Paul Slovic
Science
New Series, Vol. 236, No. 4799 (Apr. 17, 1987), pp. 280-285
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1698637
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Abstract

Studies of risk perception examine the judgments people make when they are asked to characterize and evaluate hazardous activities and technologies. This research aims to aid risk analysis and policy-making by (i) providing a basis for understanding and anticipating public responses to hazards and (ii) improving the communication of risk information among lay people, technical experts, and decision-makers. This work assumes that those who promote and regulate health and safety need to understand how people think about and respond to risk. Without such understanding, well-intended policies may be ineffective.

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