Why as science furnishes more and more knowledge essential to their well-being do members of culturally diverse groups agree less and less about the risks they confront and the policies best suited for abating them? This project seeks to use science’s own signature methods of disciplined observation and inference to identify and solve the “science communication problem” distinctive of contemporary pluralistic democracies.
Early research focused on how heuristic information processing informed cultural cognition.
More recent research focuses on the phenomen of Motivated System 2 Reasoning (MS2R), which shows how conscious, effortful information processing informes cultural cognition.
This project has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation grants SES -0922714, -062184, & -0242106.Below are some of the key CCP paper associated with those grants: