Public attitudes to genomic science: an experiment in information provision

Sturgis, Patrick J. and Brunton-Smith, Ian (2010) Public attitudes to genomic science: an experiment in information provision. Public Understanding of Science, 19, (2), 166-180. (doi:10.1177/0963662508093371).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0963662508093371
ISSNs: 0963-6625 (print)
1361-6609 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Statistics
ePrint ID: 80138
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:16

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