'A True Friend with Six Hearts' - Using Firearms to Cope with Psychological Threat


The majority of American gun owners report owning a gun for protection, yet owning a gun significantly increases the likelihood that a household member will die violently. To undestand this, we test if guns provide safety from psychological threat, by hooking participants to a shock generator and comparing anxiety when they hold a control object, the hand of a friend, or a deactivated pistol.

New Orleans, LA