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Alternative Title“Psychological Typhoon Eye Effect” and “Ripple Effect”: Double perspective test of riskperception and anxiety characteristics of people in different COVID-19severityregions
温芳芳1; 马书瀚1; 叶含雪1; 齐玥2; 佐斌1
First Author温芳芳
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COVID-19 has greatly affected the psychological state of Chinese people. This study carried out a dynamic follow-up survey of the psychological state of Chinese people and their evaluation of Wuhan residents during the epidemic period since the day of Wuhan’s citywide lockdown. The purpose of this work was to explore differences in degree of concern, risk perception, and anxiety response among regions affected by COVID-19 to different degrees. Our findings have important practical value for future crisis emergency management. This work included a large-scale survey covering 4833 Chinese residents, and it was conducted after Wuhan was closed. Its purpose was to assess whether COVID-19 invoked the psychological typhoon eye effect of a disaster event. The survey involved two angles, the “actor” angle, in which participants evaluated their own psychological states, and the “bystander” angle, in which participants evaluated other Wuhan citizens’ psychological states. We called these Study 1 and Study 2. Study1 explored the psychological state of residents themselves and the results were consistent with the ripple effect to some extent within the epidemic period, which is the opposite pattern of the psychological typhoon eye. The residents who lived near the hardest-hit areas showed significantly higher risk perception and anxiety. Study 2 explored how people from different areas evaluated Wuhan residents’ psychological state. The results of Study 2 did show a replicated psychological typhoon eye effect in terms of anxiety, and number of psychological workers and doctors residents needed. However, when it came to risk cognition, residents in low-risk areas rated Wuhan citizens’ risk cognition as significantly lower than people in high-risk areas did, which generally manifested as a ripple effect. This study also showed a marginal zone effect and a psychological controllable threshold. The concave effect means there was a phenomenon in which risk perception was lower in the middle zone or middle-risk area than at either end. The psychological controllable threshold is one of the sub-scales of risk cognition. That is, uncontrollability did not show the psychological typhoon eye effect in the bystander portion of our study. This paper further expands and enriches the boundary conditions of the psychological typhoon eye effect of public risk events, provides more abundant and direct research evidence for the perception difference between actor and bystander angle in the study of psychological typhoon eye effect, and has important implications for a deeper understanding of the psychological evolution of public health emergencies and public crisis management.

Keyword新冠肺炎疫情 风险认知 焦虑 心理台风眼效应 涟漪效应 边缘带效应
Source Publication心理学报
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国家社会科学基金重大项目(18ZDA331);; 华中师范大学中央高校基本科研项目(CCNU20A06059;CCNU20A06103)资助

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温芳芳,马书瀚,叶含雪,等. “涟漪效应”与“心理台风眼效应”:不同程度COVID-19疫情地区民众风险认知与焦虑的双视角检验[J]. 心理学报,2020,52(09):1087-1104.
APA 温芳芳,马书瀚,叶含雪,齐玥,&佐斌.(2020).“涟漪效应”与“心理台风眼效应”:不同程度COVID-19疫情地区民众风险认知与焦虑的双视角检验.心理学报,52(09),1087-1104.
MLA 温芳芳,et al."“涟漪效应”与“心理台风眼效应”:不同程度COVID-19疫情地区民众风险认知与焦虑的双视角检验".心理学报 52.09(2020):1087-1104.
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