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Q. Where do cultural predispositions come from in the cultural cognition theory? A. They are exogenous -- descriptivey & *normatively*!!
A thoughtful friend & corrspondent asks: The question that you must have been asked many times is, ultimately, how do people obtain their cultural orientations? If I read between the lines, part of the answer seems to be that these orientations are seeded by the people we associate with and the authorities we seek — perhaps by chance. After that seed is planted, then it becomes a self-reinforcing process: We continue to seek like-minded company and authorities, which strengthens the […]
Developing effective vaccine-risk communication strategies: *Definitely* measure, but measure what *counts*
Now that the the important Nyhan et al. study on vaccine-risk communications has gotten people's attention about the hazards of empirically uninformed vaccine-risk communication, it's important to reflect on exactly what it means for risk-communication to be genuinely evidence based. Here's a contribution toward the discussion, excerpted from the "Recommendations" section of the CCP Vaccine Risk Perceptions and Ad Hoc Risk Communication study. 5. Reject story-telling […]
A nice empirical study of vaccine risk communication--and an unfortunate, empirically uninformed reaction to it
Pediatrics published (in “advance on-line” form) an important study yesterday on the effect of childhood-vaccine risk communication. The study was conducted by a team of researchers including Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reiﬂer, both of whom have done excellent studies on public-health risk communication in the past. NR et al. conducted an experiment in which they showed a large sample of U.S. parents with children under age 17 communications on the risks and benefits […]
Geoengineering the science communication environment: the cultural plasticity of climate change risks part II
So … a couple of days ago I posted something on the topic of “geoengineering.” I'm pretty fascinated by the advent of research and discussion of this new technology, which of course "refers to deliberate, large-scale manipulations of Earth’s environment designed to offset some of the harmful consequences of [greenhouse-gas induced] climate change." For one thing, geoengineering presents a splendid, awe-inspiring pageant of human ingenuity. Consider David […]
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