Reasoning about emotional contents following shocking terrorist attacks: a tale of three cities
Blanchette, I. and Richards, Anne and Melnyk, L. and Lavda, A. (2007) Reasoning about emotional contents following shocking terrorist attacks: a tale of three cities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 13 (1), 47 - 56. ISSN 1076-898X.
The authors examined reasoning following the terrorist attacks carried out in London in July 2005. They tested participants in London (United Kingdom), Manchester (United Kingdom), and London (Canada) within 1 week of the attacks and again 6 months later. Participants reasoned about syllogisms of 3 types: neutral, generally emotional, and emotionally related to terrorism. Participants also provided self-reports of emotion and risk estimates. Participants generally reasoned more accurately on neutral problems, compared with generally emotional and terrorism-related problems. However, participants in London (United Kingdom) provided more logically valid answers when reasoning about problems related to terrorism and were less likely to answer on the basis of beliefs, despite reporting higher levels of emotions.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Reasoning, emotion, terrorism, risk estimate, deduction|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||11 Aug 2011 07:50|
|Last Modified:||17 Apr 2013 12:21|
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