Cultural cognition of scientific consensus

  title={Cultural cognition of scientific consensus},
  author={Dan M. Kahan and H. Jenkins-Smith and Donald Braman},
  journal={Journal of Risk Research},
  pages={147 - 174}
  • Dan M. Kahan, H. Jenkins-Smith, Donald Braman
  • Published 2011
  • Journal of Risk Research
  • Why do members of the public disagree – sharply and persistently – about facts on which expert scientists largely agree? We designed a study to test a distinctive explanation: the cultural cognition of scientific consensus. The ‘cultural cognition of risk’ refers to the tendency of individuals to form risk perceptions that are congenial to their values. The study presents both correlational and experimental evidence confirming that cultural cognition shapes individuals’ beliefs about the… CONTINUE READING


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