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      The influence of contagious disease threat on general risk-taking tendency

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      Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
      Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd

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          We conducted two studies to investigate the effects of the threat of a contagious disease on people's tendency to engage in risk-taking behaviors that are not directly related to the disease, such as investment decisions. In Study 1 we demonstrated that individual differences in germ aversion influenced risk-taking tendency. Participants with relatively high germ aversion were less likely than were those with relatively low germ aversion to engage in risk-taking behaviors encompassing the ethical, investment, gambling, recreational, health, and social domains. In Study 2 we replicated the results of Study 1 in a different setting and examined the underlying process by which perceived disease threat inhibits risk taking. The findings suggest that the threat of disease-induced negative affect decreased risk-taking tendencies. This implies that precautionary behavior activated by disease-threat salience can extend beyond the health domain to a broader range of situations.

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          Journal
          Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal
          soc behav pers
          Scientific Journal Publishers Ltd
          0301-2212
          August 04 2021
          August 04 2021
          : 49
          : 8
          : 1-10
          Article
          10.2224/sbp.8133
          0e9bd7f3-7a88-43a1-ba5b-1cbecc062c26
          © 2021
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