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ERIC Number: ED470008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 14
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Friends and Strangers: Links to Risk Taking.
Leith, Karen Pezza; Reinhardt, Danielle; Textoris, Jessica
Certain unpleasant emotional states do alter cognitive information processing strategies. High arousal negative moods and very high arousal positive moods seem to make people more attracted to higher risk. This actually leads to a higher rate of misfortunes or negative outcomes. Low arousal negative moods, on the other hand, seem to make people more risk averse. The influence of friends when sought out to improve mood, led to more risk-taking behaviors than when influenced by friends in good moods. It still seems to be a high arousal negative mood that causes the risk taking--fear or anxiety associated with rejection by friends. A series of three lab studies supported the possible link of risk taking to social anxiety. The studies supported the use of moods, when aware of them, in the decision-making process. Also, the other studies replicated our results for other low arousal negative moods. Strangers were the most influential in terms of risk taking, even with the risk averse mood of sadness. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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