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The reduction of complexity in disasters

Geurts, C. (2013) The reduction of complexity in disasters.

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Abstract:A disaster is very complex with many direct and indirect causes. When you look at how people generally describe those disasters you can see that these complex situations are often simplified. This is known as the ‘reductive tendency’. In this research literature on reduction and memory processes was examined and used to create a coding scheme. This coding scheme was used to examine a set of texts containing a short description of the Challenger disaster. With this coding schema reduction could be seen in all articles. There turned out to be a significant difference in the amount of reduction between scientific and non-scientific articles. Non-scientific articles told a more complete story and had less reduction than scientific articles. The year in which an article was published did not a factor in the amount of reduction that could be seen.
Item Type:Internship Report (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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