Mood, gender, and situational influences on risk-taking advice for others

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Renee E. Magnan
Verlin B. Hinsz
Cite this article:  Magnan, R. E., & Hinsz, V. B. (2005). Mood, gender, and situational influences on risk-taking advice for others. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 33(1), 1-10.

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The influences of mood and gender on the level of risk taking that people advise for others was examined. Music was used to create positive and negative moods in male and female participants who were asked to give risk-taking advice to others for typically cautious and risky situations. As expected, the influence of mood and gender on advice for risk decisions was dependent on the nature of the situation and on whether the situation was considered risky or cautious. How the individuals react to the situation at hand may be more predictive of the outcome than mood or gender. In addition, the relevance of the situation to the individual may also change how mood and gender influence risk advice for others.

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Preparation for this manuscript was supported by grants awarded to the second author from the National Institute of Mental Health (1R15-MH63734)

the National Science Foundation (BCS- 9905397)

and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (F49620-02-1-0234). Data for this study were gathered by Michael Sjomeling. The authors thank Dana Lawrence

Ernest Park

Gary Nickell

and various reviewers for comments made on earlier drafts of the manuscript.
Appreciation is due to reviewers including

Nathan Kogan


Department of Psychology

New School University

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Irwin Levin

University of Iowa

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Renee Magnan, Department of Psychology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105-5075, USA. Email: [email protected]

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