Anticipated regret, terrorist behaviour & the presentation of the outcomes of attacks in the mainstream media and in terrorist group publications

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) Anticipated regret, terrorist behaviour & the presentation of the outcomes of attacks in the mainstream media and in terrorist group publications. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 51:101394. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1359-1789

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Abstract

Using the same executive function that allows him to plan a terrorist attack, the terrorist can consider the possibility that the outcomes of the attack will be imperfect in some way and that he will regret not having chosen a different type of attack or a different target. He can anticipate regret. In terrorism studies, a lot has been written about the relationship between the volume of media coverage accorded to terrorist attacks and incidences of terrorism. Regret theory, which is a framework for understanding how anticipated feelings of regret can influence the decision-making process, directs our attention beyond the debate over the volume of coverage in a general sense to the presentation of the outcomes of different terrorist actions. Our analysis generates suggestions for the direction that researchers might take in developing our understanding of the mechanisms by which mainstream media reporting and terrorist group publications shape terrorists' choices.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 March 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 01:33
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 01:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anticipated regret; Media; Terrorist attacks; Terrorism studies; Mainstream media; Terrorist group publications
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.avb.2020.101394
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38550

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