Are People Acting Irrationally? Understanding Public Concerns About Environmental Threats

Abraham H. Wandersman, William K. Hallman

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Abstract

News stories about environmental events illustrate public concerns about environmental policy and regulations. Increasingly, public perceptions of risk and fear of cancer are influencing the development of public policy regarding the environment. Policymakers have often regarded these public concerns as irrational. The purpose of this article is to describe how psychological research can be used to understand the public's concerns about environmental threats and to discuss the "irrationality" of these concerns. Examples are drawn from research on perceived risk and fear of cancer, and roles are suggested for psychology and psychologists in informing environmental policymaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-686
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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