Psychological Factors Underlying Desire for Questionable Screening Tests

Monday, February 20, 2017: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Room 311 (Hynes Convention Center)
Laura Scherer, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Under certain circumstances cancer screening may do more harm than good. Yet, research has demonstrated considerable public demand for cancer screening even when screening efficacy is questionable. We will present recent research exploring the psychological processes underlying these preferences, finding that interest in questionable screening tests can be attributed to both affective (e.g. anxiety) and cognitive (e.g. information seeking) factors that often interact in surprising ways.