New Bachelor Thesis Assignments

What was first: the chicken or the egg? The case of risk information seeking

Background

The Risk Information Seeking and Processing model postulates that individuals seek information when they are perceive their knowledge on a topic to be insufficient to take an adequate decision regarding a particular risk (information insufficiency). The idea that is that individuals who are less satisfied with their knowledge are more inclined to seek information. A negative relationship! In a study, a positive relationship was found however:  the more information individuals sought (and found), the more satisfied they were with their knowledge on the topic.

 

Research question

The assignment is to study the relationship between information sufficiency, information need and risk information seeking and to explain the apparently inconsistent results. The topic of the assignment will be determined in discussion with the supervisor.

The assignment relates to a research theme within the Department Psychology of Conflict, Risk and Safety that focuses on risk information seeking and processing.

 

Research method

A survey seems to be the research method that best fits the research question. The data of this study will be analysed by quantitative data analysis programmes such as SPSS or R.

 

Information

Are you interested in this topic for your thesis? Please contact coordinator Elze Ufkes (elze.ufkes@utwente.nl).