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Investigators from Research Institute Target Risk Management (Attentional bias toward safety predicts safety behaviors)

September 12, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Research findings on Risk Management are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Hubei, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Safety studies have primarily focused on how explicit processes and measures affect safety behavior and subsequent accidents and injuries. Recently, safety researchers have paid greater attention to the role of implicit processes."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Research Institute, "Our research focuses on the role of attentional bias toward safety (ABS) in workplace safety. ABS is a basic, early-stage cognitive process involving the automatic and selective allocation of attentional resources toward safety cues, which reflect the implicit motivational state of employees regarding safety goal. In this study, we used two reaction time-based paradigms to measure the ABS of employees in three studies: two modified Stroop tasks (Studies 1 and 2) and a visual dot-probe task (Study 3). Results revealed that employees with better safety behavior showed significant ABS (Study 2), and greater ABS than employees with poorer safety behavior (Studies 1 and 2). Moreover, ABS was positively associated with the perceived safety climate and safety motivation of employees, both of which mediate the effect of ABS on safety behavior (Study 3). These results contributed to a deeper understanding of how early-stage automatic perceptual processing affects safety behavior."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The practical implications of these results were also discussed."

For more information on this research see: Attentional bias toward safety predicts safety behaviors. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;71():144-153. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Y.S. Xu, Res Inst Nucl Power Operat China, Wuhan, Hubei, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Y.J. Li, G.X. Wang, X. Yuan, W.D. Ding and Z.X. Shen.

Keywords for this news article include: Hubei, People's Republic of China, Asia, Risk Management

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