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Public attitudes to genomic science: An experiment in information provision

Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493, Brunton-Smith, Ian and Fife-Schaw, Chris (2010) Public attitudes to genomic science: An experiment in information provision. Public Understanding of Science, 19 (2). pp. 166-180. ISSN 0963-6625

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0963662508093371


We use an experimental panel study design to investigate the effect of providing "value-neutral" information about genomic science in the form of a short film to a random sample of the British public. We find little evidence of attitude change as a function of information provision. However, our results show that information provision significantly increased dropout from the study amongst less educated respondents. Our findings have implications both for our understanding of the knowledge-attitude relationship in public opinion toward genomic science and for science communication more generally.

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Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Q Science
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 11:00
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2024 20:30

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