A print news report on an infection spreading through food products was manipulated to create versions differing in exemplar distortion (minimally, moderately, and substantially) and personal salience (risk absent, risk present). Readers evaluated the disease as a national threat, local threat, and as a personal threat. They also estimated the percentage of people developing symptoms in the three distortion categories. The research hypothesized an exemplar distortion/personal salience interaction in that the effects of exemplification would be greater in situations with greater personal salience. A main effect was observed for both exemplar distortion and personal salience; more research is necessary to support any conclusion on the possibility of an interaction. This is the first known exemplification research to explore such an interaction.
Learning about sex is inevitable and can’t be controlled. Learning about sex in sex-education classes is inevitable, but the content of these programs can be controlled. This paper examines the current system of sex-education and questions the legality of the federal government controlling the content of programs and only regulating in favor of abstinence-only education programs.
The structure of the system meant to train medical doctors was shaken when a new policy went into effect July 1, 2003, limiting the number of duty-hours that graduate medical residents can work each week in a teaching hospital. This paper provides a policy driven approach for understanding the purpose of these changes in a historical and national context as well as impact through an examination of the implementation approach of UNC Health Care one year after the official policy adoption. (written as a long-form news article)