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Check out Jen Briselli's cool pilot study of cultural cognition of vaccine risk perceptions

She called my attention to the study a few days ago & I'm just now getting a chance to think about it in a serious way. So far what's grabbing my attention the most is the scatterplot of "preferred arguments," although I definitely have a range of thoughts & questions that I plan to relay to Jen.  I'm sure she'd like to know what others think too.  Plus check out her site & learn about her really interesting general project.

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From the article: At this point, the major take away may be that it’s more important to avoid alienating a particular audience than it is to meticulously engineer a message for a specific cultural worldview

Well this statement resonated with me.

Perhaps the seat belt examination needs some defining. I rode a motorcycle for years while politicians were arguing about making helmets mandatory. I rode with a helmet on highways, but without a helmet in city. The reason is that my apartment was located past a relatively rich retiree neighborhood when caddies were the popular car for "little old ladies." Now, this is not a large population, but I found that 3 out of the 4 times I did something dangerous was from the LOL who were peering up through the steering wheel. Sometimes the only warning I got was audible.

Most of the of the other 25% was young males running yellow or red lights.

I opposed the helmet law because I knew that the ability to hear in residential areas was important. I always wore a helmet on the highway.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn F Pittman

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