Perception of risk

Science. 1987 Apr 17;236(4799):280-5. doi: 10.1126/science.3563507.


Studies of risk perception examine the judgements 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 providing a basis for understanding and anticipating public responses to hazards and 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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Industry
  • Judgment*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Probability*
  • Risk*