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Science Curiosity and Political Information Processing

What Is the "Science of Science Communication"?

Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem

Ideology, Motivated Cognition, and Cognitive Reflection: An Experimental Study

'Ideology' or 'Situation Sense'? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment

A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines

Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government

Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down 

Neutral Principles, Motivated Cognition, and Some Problems for Constitutional Law 

Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus

The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Science Literacy and Climate Change

"They Saw a Protest": Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction 

Geoengineering and the Science Communication Environment: a Cross-Cultural Experiment

Fixing the Communications Failure

Why We Are Poles Apart on Climate Change

The Cognitively Illiberal State 

Who Fears the HPV Vaccine, Who Doesn't, and Why? An Experimental Study

Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology

Whose Eyes Are You Going to Believe? An Empirical Examination of Scott v. Harris

Cultural Cognition and Public Policy

Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in "Acquaintance Rape" Cases

Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male Effect

Fear of Democracy: A Cultural Evaluation of Sunstein on Risk

Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk

Entries in law (9)


Cultural Cognition and Public Policy

How does cultural conflict influence public policymaking? Surprisingly, not by generating moral disputes over the ends to be pursued by law but rather by generating empirical disagreements over the consequences of economic, crime-control, national security, and other policies designed to promote our common interests.

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Whose Eyes Are You Going to Believe? An Empirical Examination of Scott v. Harris

Based on a video shot from inside a police cruiser, the U.S. Supreme court concluded "no reasonable juror" could find that the risk posed by a fleeing motorist did not warrant deadly force (the deliberate ramming of his car) to stop him. But a study by the Cultural Cognition Project (published in the Harvard Law Review) finds that perceptions of risk among persons who viewed the tape were highly conditional on those persons' cultural worldviews.

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The Cognitively Illiberal State

Liberalism obliges the state to refrain from endorsement of a cultural orthodoxy and instead to base law on secular interests like harm prevention. But is this possible if lawmakers' perceptions of harm derive from their cultural values? (published in the Stanford Law Review)

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"Ideology in" vs. "Cultural Cognition of" Law: What Difference Does It Make?

Many recent studies suggest that "ideology" predicts judicial decisionmaking. But the evidence is as consistent with cultural cognition.

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Beyond the Gun Fight: The Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Massacre

Will the Virginia Tech massacre generate a shift in public opinion on gun control? The phenomenon of cultural cognition suggests the answer is "no."

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More Statistics, Less Persuasion: A Cultural Theory of Gun-Risk Perceptions

Why has the proliferation of empirical studies on permissive concealed hand-gun laws not quieted public debate on this issue? The answer is that the empirical evidence avoids the cultural underpinnings of the debate.


Modeling Facts, Culture and Cognition in the Gun Debate

Can the emergence of scientific consensus be expected to quiet disagreement about the efficacy of gun control laws? Not necessarily. This paper shows why, using computer simulations of knowledge transmission that incorporate the phenomenon of cultural cognition.

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Overcoming the Fear of Cultural Politics: Constructing a Better Gun Debate

The cultural differences that divide Americans on guns can be overcome through a new style of expressive politics that embraces and multiplies rather than brackets the social meanings laws express.


Gun Litigation: A Cultural Critique

The problem with gun litigation isn't that it is contrary to well established tort law, that it generates bad policy, or that it is unconstitutional. It's that this approach to America's gun controversy is culturally obtuse.