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Volume 1 2017 Effects of Perceived Sensationalism and Susceptibility to the Disease on Cognitive and Emotional Third-Person Perceptions of the MERS

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작성자 Joon Soo Lim, Jiyoung Lee, Sonho Kim, Jeongheon JC Chang 작성일 19-05-30 12:58
Emerging Infectious Diseases   Third-Person Effect   Emotional Third-Person Perception   Sensationalism   Susceptibility


This study takes a deeper look into the third-person perception (TPP), dividing it into the cognitive and emotional domains in the context of news on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Using survey data from a representative sample of 1,053 South Koreans, we conceptualized cognitive and emotional third-person perceptions, respectively. The exposure to MERS news through mainstream media had a positive impact on both cognitive and emotional TPPs, whereas the exposure through social media negatively influenced both subsets of the TPP. Perceived sensationalism of MERS news widened the perceptual gap of the influence of MERS news on oneself and others in cognitive and emotional domains, whereas susceptibility to MERS yielded the reverse TPP in both cognitive and emotional domains.