Value Predispositions, Mass Media, and Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology: The Interplay of Public and Experts

Shirley S. Ho, Dietram A. Scheufele, Elizabeth Corley

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    69 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    This study examines the factors influencing public and experts' attitudes toward nanotechnology. Compared with the experts, the public judged nanotechnology as having greater risks and lesser benefits, and indicated less support for federal funding of nanotechnology. Experts used trust in scientists while public used religious beliefs as heuristic cues to make risk judgments. Although deference to scientific authority, science media use, and trust in scientists shaped perceived benefits in both groups, these heuristic cues influenced public perceptions to a larger extent than experts' perceptions. Experts used relatively less cues to form decision about funding support for nanotechnology as compared with the public.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)167-200
    Number of pages34
    JournalScience Communication
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

    Keywords

    • benefits
    • experts
    • funding
    • mass media
    • nanotechnology
    • risks

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'Value Predispositions, Mass Media, and Attitudes Toward Nanotechnology: The Interplay of Public and Experts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this