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Date:7/1/2013

Reacting to terrorist groups: Injustice leads to anger, power to fear

Perceptions really matter when it comes to how we react to terrorist threats. Across two studies, researchers found that the more a terrorist group is seen as unjust, the more anger we feel, whereas the more the group is seen as powerful, the more fearful we become. Surveying 1,072 Americans in one study about fictional terrorist groups, the researchers found that fear from powerful portrayals led participants to support offensive, defensive, and negotiated measures to deal with the terrorists. On the other hand, anger at the injustice of terrorism reduced support for negotiation but also increased support for attacking and defending. Understanding these reactions is important for communication about including media coverage of terrorist threats. "Angry at the unjust, scared of the powerful: Emotional responses to terrorist threat," Roger Giner-Sorolla (rsg[at]kent.ac.uk) and Angela T. Maitner, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, online June 17, 2013 forthcoming in print, August 2013.

Gambling for money or suspense?

It is the promise of money rather than the thrill of the chase that motivates people vulnerable to gambling, a new study finds. When presented with the option of playing cards to either receive a guaranteed certain amount of money for example, an 100% chance of winning $2.00 or to gamble for that same amount of money for example, a 50% chance of winning $2.00 people more vulnerable to gambling chose the guarantee. Ironically, people less vulnerable to gambling, motivated by suspense were more likely to gamble. "'Show Me the Money': Vulnerability to Gambling Moderates the Attract
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