Public perception of science and technology

25/02/2019

Results from a discourse analysis of 937 comments in online forums of two Austrian newspapers show that the social sciences are often referred to as a “special case”. While some use this argument to neglect its societal relevance, others use it to highlight its role as societal problem solver.

18/02/2019

A timely arrival in the academic literature on science communication through online video, this book reports on the results of a major international project that has explored in depth this emerging

16/10/2018

Should scientists and science educators stress the scientific consensus when engaging with the lay population across a wide variety of mediums, including debates? “Results indicate that it is possible to influence individuals exposed to these debate segments, but the effects are issue-contingent.”

01/10/2018

Results of this study indicate that Dutch public Attitudes toward GM applications are best predicted by both the attitude toward science and technology and three trust measures. “Overall, psychological variables seem better predictors than demographics”.

17/09/2018

This paper focusses on the sense making and use of science by environmental activists: how they evaluate the relevance of science for their work, which structures and processes they apply to make sense of science, and how they use science related information to make their voices heard.

09/07/2018

Authors examine the NY Times media coverage of synthetic biology, suggesting that the ambiguity in the way the topic is presented creates conditions in which there becomes no reason for the public at large to become involved.

18/06/2018

How can data visualizations affect individuals’ perception of data credibility? An experiment with over 500 participants shows how different data visualizations related to the issue of nuclear fuel cycle can impact perceptions of data credibility, along with other elements such as source attribution.

04/06/2018

The results suggest that commitment to, and communication of, open and transparent research practices should be part of the process of implementing agricultural biotechnologies.” A deep analysis of elements affecting public trust in agricultural biotechnology organizations producing GMOs.

20/09/2017

The Science in Public Conference, held this year at the University of Sheffield, generated animated discussion of a wide range of topics.

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