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Cultural Cognition and Synthetic Biology Risk Perceptions: A Preliminary Analysis


Gregory N. Mandel


Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Donald Braman


George Washington University - Law School; Cultural Cognition Project

Dan M. Kahan


Yale University - Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

September 5, 2008

Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 446
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 446
Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-78
Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 364

Abstract:     
We describe the results of a study to determine the synthetic-biology risk perceptions of a large and diverse sample of Americans (N = 1,500). The survey found that hierarchical, conservative, and highly religious individuals - one who normally are skeptical of claims of environmental risks (including those relating to global warming) - are the most concerned about synthetic biology risks. We offer an interpretation that identifies how selective risk-skepticism and risk-sensitivity can convey a cultural commitment to traditional forms of authority.

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Date posted: September 10, 2008 ; Last revised: February 24, 2009

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Mandel, Gregory N. and Braman, Donald and Kahan, Dan M., Cultural Cognition and Synthetic Biology Risk Perceptions: A Preliminary Analysis (September 5, 2008). Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School ; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 446; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 446; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-78; Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 364. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1264804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1264804

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Gregory Mandel
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