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A Multilevel Analysis of Rumor Transmission: Effects of Anxiety and Belief in Two Field Experiments
Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Researchers have generally reported a positive linear relation between rumor anxiety and transmission but less consistent effects of situational anxiety and belief in the rumor. These conclusions, however, are based on relatively few studies that have only analyzed between-subject variance in rumor transmission and often in situations producing only moderate anxiety. We examined rumors stemming from 2 real-world settings: (a) the sudden death of a college student from meningitis and (b) thedoi:10.1207/s15324834basp2801_8 fatcat:bjb6akhb6rgpvjib2zoog67jdu