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When Threats Strike: Establishment of a Linguistic Tool for Tracking Threats Over Time

dc.contributor.advisorGelfand, Michele J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChoi, Jinnyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-17T05:39:15Z
dc.date.available2021-09-17T05:39:15Z
dc.date.issued2021en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/zxbh-2xga
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/27844
dc.description.abstractThe ability to detect fluctuations and upticks in levels of societal threats has important implications for understanding a variety of social and psychological group processes. In this study, I develop and validate a comprehensive linguistic dictionary, which identifies the common terminology used to describe collective threats in the English lexicon. These threat-relevant terms are tracked across a large corpus of newspaper articles and social media postings over time, generating indices that enable real-time and historical assessments. As a comprehensive measure of collective threats over time, this study tests how threats correspond to key cultural, political, and economical societal shifts. Additionally, this project seeks to capture how content that deploys more threat terms can be instrumental in capturing more public attention.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleWhen Threats Strike: Establishment of a Linguistic Tool for Tracking Threats Over Timeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSocial psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledclimato-economic theoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcollective threatsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledparasite-stress theoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledtightness-looseness theoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledtime seriesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleduncertainty-threat theoryen_US


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