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Title: Biosecurity, Terrorism, and Food Consumption Behavior: Using Experimental Psychology to Analyze Choices Involving Fear
Authors: Just, David R.
Wansink, Brian
Turvey, Calum G.
Keywords: avian influenza
experimental psychology
food safety
terrorism
Issue Date: 2009-04
Abstract: How would a possible food safety scare influence food consumption? Using techniques from experimental psychology, a study of 103 lunchtime participants suggests that a food scare--avian influenza--would decrease consumption of the affected food by 17% if the subjects believed it was naturally occurring, and by 26% if they believed it was the result of terrorism. While individual consumption decreased, very few eliminated all consumption of the affected food. We argue that experimental psychology is essential when attempting to study behavior in food safety where hypothetical scenarios and surveys would not capture the emotional nature of the response.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/50085
Institution/Association: Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics>Volume 34, Number 1, April 2009
Total Pages: 18
From Page: 91
To Page: 108
Collections:Volume 34, Number 1, April 2009

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