Terrorism as a Reminder of Mortality

  • Matteo Vergani


This chapter presents a detailed discussion of the results of two experiments using real cases to evoke death thoughts and worldview defence. The first experiment examines the reactions to the exposure to news excerpts relating to flight MH17, which was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Melbourne. The second experiment looks at the reactions to the thought of the April 2013 Boston marathon bombing. The results show that the salience of the two incidents evokes death thoughts and decreases the study participants’ support for a peer advocating domain-relevant political violence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Vergani
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  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and GlobalisationDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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