This experiment applies Psychological Reactance to understand people’s reactions to news about the risk of West Nile Virus. While manipulating gain/loss framing and risk likelihood presented as fractions or percentages, we also investigate the utility of trait uncertainty as a predictor and feelings of distress as an indicator of reactance. Results suggest Psychological Reactance may be useful in interpreting reactions to health risk news, and that trait uncertainty and state distress may enrich its conceptualization.
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2009|
|Event||Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2009 Annual Conference - Boston, United States|
Duration: 5 Aug 2009 → 8 Aug 2009
|Conference||Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2009 Annual Conference|
|Period||5/08/09 → 8/08/09|