Why Study Risk Perception?
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2006
Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 83–93, June 1982
How to Cite
Slovic, P., Fischhoff, B. and Lichtenstein, S. (1982), Why Study Risk Perception?. Risk Analysis, 2: 83–93. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.1982.tb01369.x
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2006
- Received March 3, 1982
- risk perception;
- risk assessment;
- risk management;
- risk policy;
- acceptable risk
Studies of risk perception examine the opinions people express when they are asked, in various ways, to characterize and evaluate hazardous activities and technologies. This research aims to aid risk analysis and societal decision making by (i) improving methods for eliciting opinions about risk, (ii) providing a basis for understanding and anticipating public responses to hazards, and (iii) improving the communication of risk information among laypeople, technical experts, and policy makers.