Learning to Use and Assess Advice about Risk

Matt Twyman, Clare Harries, Nigel Harvey


People often learn about the levels of risk associated with different activities through advice, and their use and assessment of such advice may depend on factors such as the identity of the advisor, and the perceived quality of that advice. EARLE and CVETKOVICH (1999) demonstrated that explicit verbal estimates of trust in advisors correlate with perceived shared values between advisor and advisee. Here we apply that finding to a risk communication paradigm. EARLE and CVETKOVICH's findings were replicated in two experiments, in which participants were given advice about a range of risky activities. However, declared trust in advice sources did not correlate with how much those sources were used in making risk judgments. Relative measures of use and assessment of advisors were also found to bear different relationships to the accuracy of advice. Use of advisors was not reflected in explicit verbal estimates of trust in those advisors.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0601220


risk communication; metacognition; implicit trust; advice

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-7.1.62

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