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ERIC Number: EJ757335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 10
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ISSN: ISSN-1076-898X
Reasoning about Emotional Contents Following Shocking Terrorist Attacks: A Tale of Three Cities
Blanchette, Isabelle; Richards, Anne; Melnyk, Laura; Lavda, Anastasia
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, v13 n1 p47-56 Mar 2007
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United Kingdom; United Kingdom (London); United Kingdom (Manchester)