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Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology


Dan M. Kahan


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

Donald Braman


George Washington University - Law School; Cultural Cognition Project

Paul Slovic


Decision Research; University of Oregon - Department of Psychology

John Gastil


Pennsylvania State University

Geoffrey L. Cohen


affiliation not provided to SSRN

December 4, 2009

Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 87-91, 2009
Yale Law School, Public Law Working

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We conducted an experimental public opinion study of the effect of balanced information on nanotechnology risk-benefit perceptions. The study found that subjects did not react in a uniform, much less a uniformly positive manner, but rather polarized along lines consistent with cultural predispositions toward technological risk generally.

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Keywords: cultural cognition, nanotechnology, risk perception, biased assimilation, polarization

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Date posted: December 8, 2009  

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Kahan, Dan M. and Braman, Donald and Slovic, Paul and Gastil, John and Cohen, Geoffrey L., Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology (December 4, 2009). Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 87-91, 2009; Yale Law School, Public Law Working. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1518683

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Dan M. Kahan (Contact Author)
Yale University - Law School ( email )
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Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )
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Donald Braman
George Washington University - Law School ( email )
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Paul Slovic
Decision Research ( email )
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University of Oregon - Department of Psychology ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
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John Gastil
Pennsylvania State University ( email )
University Park, PA 16802
United States
Geoffrey L. Cohen
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