publication . Article . 2012

A Fine-Grained Analysis of Regional Variations in Traffic Fatalities in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks

Wolfgang Gaissmaier; Gerd Gigerenzer;
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  • Published: 15 Nov 2012
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
Terrorists can strike twice - first, by directly killing people, and second, through dangerous behaviors induced by fear in people's minds. Previous research identified a substantial increase in U.S. traffic fatalities subsequent to the September 11 terrorist attacks, which were accounted for as due to a substitution of driving for flying, induced by fear of dread risks. Here, we show that this increase in fatalities varied widely by region, a fact that was best explained by regional variations in increased driving. Two factors, in turn, explained these variations in increased driving. The weaker factor was proximity to New York City, where stress reactions to t...
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free text keywords: decision making, risk perception, risk taking, terrorism, ddc:150, General Psychology, Suicide prevention, Human factors and ergonomics, Social psychology, Traffic psychology, Occupational safety and health, Second strike, Development economics, September 11 Terrorist Attacks, Psychology
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publication . Article . 2012

A Fine-Grained Analysis of Regional Variations in Traffic Fatalities in the Aftermath of the Terrorist Attacks

Wolfgang Gaissmaier; Gerd Gigerenzer;