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Risk taking is a complex heterogeneous construct that has proven difficult to assess, especially when using behavioral tasks. A new measure, the Assessment of Physical Risk Taking (APRT) is presented as a comprehensive assessment of several factors of risk. Specifically, the measure seeks to examine the effects of several decision-making elements (e.g., probability of success and failure, magnitude of reward and punishment) of different types of physically risky behaviors and produce a variety of different outcome scores. Participants (N = 256) completed APRT in a laboratory setting, with half being assigned to an enforced Delay condition. Main effects, two-way interactions among five within-subject factors, and interactions between the within-subject factors and Delay were estimated for four APRT outcome scores using Generalized Estimating Equations. Results indicated that Injury Magnitude and Injury Probability exerted much stronger effects than any of the other independent variables. The implications of these results are discussed in the context of the future of behavioral risk-taking tasks and studies.
Behavioral risk; Experimental task; Probability; Punishment; Reward
Smith, Edward A., "Assessing Factors of Physical Risk-Taking in a Novel Behavioral Measure" (2019). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3680.