Protecting or Polluting the Science Communication Environment?

Dan M. Kahan

in The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780190497620
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190683436 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Protecting or Polluting the Science Communication Environment?

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This chapter examines childhood vaccines. It is animated by two reciprocal goals. One is to illustrate how the quality of the science communicating environment—the sum total of practices and cues that orient individuals in relation to what is known by science—affects the public’s recognition of one vital form of decision-relevant science. The other is to underscore the critical need for self-conscious management of the quality of the science communication environment to protect public health.

Keywords: vaccination; science communication; cultural cognition; reciprocity

Article.  5292 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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