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Anomalies: The endowment effect, loss aversion, and status quo bias

Anomalies are decisions that are hard to justify or rationalise. This paper discusses three: the endowment effect, status quo bias and loss aversion. The endowment effect is a bias for things you own, status quo bias is a bias for the current state of affairs and loss...

How mental systems believe

This study investigated whether believing an idea is a part of understanding an idea, or whether choosing to believe an idea is in fact a subsequent process to comprehension. Counter to conventional wisdom, it seems as though the former is the more likely of the two....

The theory of planned behavior

Ajzen's theory of planned behaviour suggests attitudes towards a particular behavior, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control all shape an individual's behavioural intentions and behaviours. This study reviews literature concerning the theory and provides...

Victims of fraud: Comparing victims of white collar and violent crime

This article compares the experiences of white collar and violent crime victims. It finds victims of white collar crime tend to be older, more affluent and relatively more likely to be female than victim crime; it finds generalised anxiety disorder and major...

On Defining Subjective and Objective Measurements

The adjectives "objective" and "subjective" frequently precede the noun "measurement," but all too often the terms are used without precision. Kerlinger has described objective measurements in terms of reliability. He states, "An objective procedure is one in which...

Perception of risk

Studies of risk perception examine the judgements people make when they are asked to characterize and evaluate hazardous activities and technologies. This research aims to aid risk analysis and policy-making by providing a basis for understanding and anticipating...