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Ad hominem attacks on scientists are just as likely to undermine public faith in research as legitimate empirical critiques

Barnes, Ralph M., Johnston, Heather M., MacKenzie, Noah, Tobin, Stephanie J. and Taglang, Chelsea M. (2018) Ad hominem attacks on scientists are just as likely to undermine public faith in research as legitimate empirical critiques. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (06 Mar 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Media coverage attacking the character and trustworthiness of a scientist can diminish public faith in the research findings of that scientist. Ralph M. Barnes, Heather M. Johnston, Noah MacKenzie, Stephanie J. Tobin and Chelsea M. Taglang have investigated the degree to which such attacks do undermine trust in that scientist's research, and the relative impact of various types of ad hominem attacks. Perhaps surprisingly, purely ad hominem attacks, such as accusations of a financial conflict of interest, for example, prove just as effective in undermining public faith in research findings as direct criticism of the empirical foundations of a science claim.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 00:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89049

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