• Ernesto Lopez Autonomous UNiversity of Nuevo Leon
  • Guadalupe Elizabeth Morales-Martinez Cognitive Science Laboratory, Institute of Research on the University and Education, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM; IISUE).
  • Yanko Norberto Autonomous University of Yucatan
  • Luis Rodolfo Patino-Munguia Cognitive Science Laboratory, Institute of Research on the University and Education, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM; IISUE).



Self-efficacy, earthquakes, Mexicans, cognitive algebra.


A sample of 155 Mexican participants who experienced severe earthquakes was required to read a set of 32 scenarios each describing a hypothetical earthquake scenario. After reading a scenario, participants judged their own self efficacy to deal with the described scenario. Analysis of results from an information integration theory approach showed that all participants can be grouped into four clusters. Participants of three clusters used a summative cognitive rule to integrate information of location, magnitude of seismic activity, earthquake type and other people´s reactions to the earthquake. Here, magnitude and other people´s reactions were the most relevant, but these factors had different valuation through cognitive ruled groups. Location and civil protection indications were relevant to groups having moderate and low self-efficacy to cope with disaster. Thus, systematic integration of information from scenarios and differential valuation of factors relate to judgment formation producing different degrees self-efficacy to cope with disaster.

Author Biography

Guadalupe Elizabeth Morales-Martinez, Cognitive Science Laboratory, Institute of Research on the University and Education, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM; IISUE).

Profesor, researcher


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How to Cite

Lopez, E., Morales-Martinez, G. E., Yanko Norberto, & Patino-Munguia, L. R. . (2019). PERCEIVED SELF EFFICACY TO COPE WITH EARTHQAKUES. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 6(8), 444–457.