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Wednesday
Dec032014

Evidence based science communication initiative

In recent years, the field of science communication has been marked by both progress and frustration.  On one hand, basic research has yielded a wealth of new insights into the processes by which scientific information is acquired and interpreted by the public.  On the other, increasingly elaborate and costly initiatives to communicate scientific information have spectacularly failed to dispel cultural conflict over climate change and other disputed science issues.

The reason the science of science communication is yet to generate real-world benefits, we believe, is that it is yet to set foot in the real world.

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Protecting the Vaccine Science Communication Environment

This project has two goals: first, to enlarge societal understanding of how to promote informed public engagement with valid empirical evidence on the efficacy and safety of vaccines; and second, to advance societal recognition of the need to use valid empirical evidence to guide communication on vaccines and other applications of science essential to societal well-being.

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Thursday
Jun252009

Facts and Law

Adjudication frequently turns on contested issues of fact (e.g., whether a battered woman who claims she killed in self-defense reasonably perceived an immediate threat of death), which must be determined either by juries or judges. CCP researchers are conducting experimental studies to determine how cultural values influence adjudicatory factual determinations and public reactions to the same.

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Thursday
Jun252009

Nanotechnology Risk Perceptions

What do members of the public think about the benefits and risks of nanotechnology? How will their views evolve as they learn more? How can goverment promote informed public deliberations about this novel science? Project members are conducting experimental studies to answer these questions.

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Thursday
Jun252009

Mechanisms of Cultural Cognition

Supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant SES 0621840) and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School, Project members have been carrying out a series of experiments to identify the contributions that various psychological and social processes make to the phenomenon of cultural cognition.

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Tuesday
Jun022009

Gun Risk Perceptions

Who fears guns, who fears gun control, and why? Project members use the cultural theory of risk to answer these questions.

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Tuesday
Jun022009

Second National Risk & Culture Study

Americans are culturally polarized on a range of societal risks--from global warming to domestic terrorism, from school shootings to vaccination of school-age girls for HPV. Reporting the results of surveys and experiments involving some 5,000 Americans, the study identifies the causes of this condition and steps that can be taken to counteract it. [download study]

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Monday
Jun012009

First National Risk & Culture Study

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Project members conducted an 1800-person national survey that found that cultural worldviews better predicted perceptions of various risks than did any other individual characteristic.

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