Risk Perception, Decision-Making, and Risk Communication in the Time of COVID-19

Susan Joslyn, Gale M. Sinatra, Daniel Morrow

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After first being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization [WHO], (2020) in March 2020, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread rapidly and in the process altered our very way of life. At the same time, it became increasingly clear that a wide range of new behavioral science research was necessary to understand fully how people comprehend and respond to such an unprecedented and long lasting health threat as COVID-19. One of the primary aims for this Special Issue was to gather and publish that research. The studies contained in this Special Issue, conducted between April 2020 and March 2021, were selected to represent experimental research that is relevant to this unique situation and that also inform and extend existing theory. These studies investigate three broad topics: Risk perception, decision-making under risk, and risk communication in the context of COVID-19. Collectively, they advance our knowledge of risk calibration, health communication interventions, and decisions about behaviors that address risk in the context of a global health threat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-583
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • Covid-19
  • Decision-making
  • Risk communication
  • Risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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