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Perception of Risk
New Series, Vol. 236, No. 4799 (Apr. 17, 1987), pp. 280-285
Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1698637
Page Count: 6
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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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