Risky Shift Phenomenon in Psychology: Definition & Examples


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Who is influenced by the risky shift phenomenon?

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1. What does risky mean in the context of 'risky shift'?

2. According to social comparison theory, what causes people to alter their positions to become more extreme?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will test how much you know about the risky shift phenomenon in psychology. Specifically, you'll be answering questions in areas like the groups/individuals who are impacted by the risky shift phenomenon and the meaning of risky with regard to 'risky shift'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Keep these topics in mind when you take the quiz:

  • Cause of a person's position to become more extreme according to social comparison theory
  • Choice shift in persuasive argument theory
  • Group composition that's the most susceptible to choice shift

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the individuals/groups who are affected by the risky shift phenomenon and a group composition that's most vulnerable to choice shift
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define risky in the term 'risky shift'
  • Making connections - use your understanding of choice shift and how it's connected to persuasive argument theory

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson titled Risky Shift Phenomenon in Psychology: Definition & Examples. You'll be covering these areas in greater detail:

  • Dynamics that influence a mob mentality
  • Cautious shift
  • Reasons people come together