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Fear and Learning in Tehran: What Recent Psychological Research Reveals about Nuclear Crises

Abstract Recent psychological research has shown that experiencing fear, if people believe they havesomecontrol over the source of the fear, reduces their tolerance for risk. Leaders who experience fear of imminent nuclear war thereafter tend to reject these risky policies. Indeed, experiencing... Full description

1st Person: Cohen, Michael D. verfasserin
Source: in Strategic Studies Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015), p. 119-138
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2015
Keywords: research-article
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