Before watching the video, discuss your students' ideas about riding on a roller coaster. Is it safe? How risky is it?
After watching the video, ask you students how they feel about the riskiness of theme park rides. Do they feel the same or different? Let students know that judgment about risky events is subject to errors because after viewing the video, they may overestimate the probability of these events. This is a recency error that occurs when the most recent information is fresh in our heads.
Now consider, would you be willing to pay more money to ride on roller coasters where more inspections take place? What are some of the government regulations in relation to theme park rides? How do you think they add to the price of admission?
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SS.912.FL.6.2 Analyze how judgment regarding risky events is subject to errors because people tend to overestimate the probability of infrequent events, often because they’ve heard of or seen a recent example.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.