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Public attitudes to genomic science: an experiment in information provision

Sturgis, Patrick J., 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. (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.

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Published date: March 2010


Local EPrints ID: 80138
ISSN: 0963-6625
PURE UUID: d1cf6deb-4f89-41e2-b612-77ccc2b6d2e2

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Date deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:14

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Author: Ian Brunton-Smith
Author: Chris Fife-Schaw

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