Heuristics, Biases, and Environmental Health Risk Analysis

  • David R. Holtgrave
  • Linda S. Kay
  • Barbara J. Tinsley
Part of the Social Psychological Applications to Social Issues book series (SPAS, volume 3)


Human behavior both harms and benefits the natural environment, and in turn, environmental changes can significantly impact human health. Therefore, the study of human decision making, which guides much of human behavior, is highly relevant to the management of environmental health risks. This chapter examines the important relationship between one area of behavioral decision making (cognitive heuristics and biases) and environmental health risk management.


Risk Communication Optimistic Bias Information Processing Model Availability Heuristic Environmental Health Risk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Holtgrave
    • 1
  • Linda S. Kay
    • 1
  • Barbara J. Tinsley
    • 2
  1. 1.National Center for Prevention Services, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at RiversideRiversideUSA

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