Selected publication: Mental models

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Bostrom, A., Atman, C.J., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M.G. (1994). Evaluating risk communications: Completing and correcting mental models of hazardous processes. Part 2. Risk Analysis, 14, 789-798.

Bostrom, A., & Fischhoff, B. (2001). Communicating health risks of global climate change. In G. Böhm, J. Nerb, T. McDaniels & H. Spada (Eds.), Environmental risks: Perception, evaluation and management (pp. 31-56). Amsterdam: JAI

Bostrom, A., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M.G. (1992). Characterizing mental models of hazardous processes: A methodology and an application to radon. Journal of Social Issues, 48, 85-100.

Bostrom, A., Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B. & Read, D. (1994). What do people know about global climate change? Part 1. Mental models. Risk Analysis, 14, 959-970.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., & Fischhoff, B. (2007). Adolescents’ thinking about the risks and benefits of sexual behavior. In: Lovett, M.C. & Shah, P. (Eds.) Thinking with data. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 421-439.

Bruine de Bruin, W., Downs, J.S., Fischhoff, B., & Palmgren, C. (2007). Development and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS knowledge measure for adolescents focusing on misunderstood concepts. HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children and Youth, 8, 35-57.

Byram, S., Fischhoff, B., Embrey, M., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Thorne, S. (2001). Mental models of women with breast implants regarding local complications. Behavioral Medicine, 27, 4-14.

Byram, S., Schwartz, L,, Woloshin, S., & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Women’s perceptions of breast cancer risk factors: A mental models approach. In J. Krueger (ed.) Rationality and social responsibility: Essays in honor of Robyn Mason Dawes. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Downs, J.S., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Fischhoff, B. (in press). Parents’ Vaccination Comprehension and Decisions. Vaccine.

Downs, J. S., Bruine de Bruin, W., Fischhoff, B., Hesse, B., & Maibach, E. (in press). How people think about cancer: A mental models approach. In D. O’Hair (ed.), Handbook of risk and crisis communication. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Downs, J. S. Murray, P. J., Bruine de Bruin, W., White, J. P., Palmgren, C., & Fischhoff, B. (2004). An interactive video program to reduce adolescent females’ STD risk: A randomized controlled trial. Social Science and Medicine, 59, 1561-1572.

Fischhoff, B., Riley, D., Kovacs, D., & Small, M. (1998). What information belongs in a warning? A mental models approach. Psychology and Marketing, 15, 663-686.

Hayakawa, H., Fischbeck, P., & Fischhoff, B. (2000). Mental models of auto risks and insurance: Japanese and American motorists. Journal of Risk Research, 3, 51-67.

Kovacs, D.,C., Fischhoff, B., & Small, M. (2001). PCE in dry cleaning: A mental models study of consumer and operator understanding. Journal of Risk Research, 4, 353-375.

Maharik, M. & Fischhoff, B. (1992). The risks of nuclear energy sources in space: Some activists' perceptions. Risk Analysis, 12, 383-392.

Maharik, M. & Fischhoff, B. (1993). Contrasting perceptions of the risks of using nuclear energy sources in space. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 13, 243-250.

Maharik, M., & Fischhoff, B. (1993). Public views of using nuclear energy sources in space missions. Space Policy, 9, 99-108.

Maharik, M., Fischhoff, B., & Morgan, M.G. (1993). Risk knowledge and risk attitudes regarding nuclear energy sources in space. Risk Analysis, 13, 345-353.

Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B., Bostrom, A., & Atman, C. (2001). Risk communication: The mental models approach. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Niewöhner, J., Cox, P., Gerrard, S. and Pidgeon, N.F. (2004) Evaluating the efficacy of a mental models approach for improving occupational chemical risk protection. Risk Analysis, 24, 349-361.

Read, D., Bostrom, A., Morgan, M.G., Fischhoff, B. & Smuts, T. (1994). What do people know about global climate change? Part 2. Survey studies of educated laypeople. Risk Analysis, 14, 971-982.