Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 87-91, 2009
19 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009
Date Written: December 4, 2009
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.
Keywords: cultural cognition, nanotechnology, risk perception, biased assimilation, polarization
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518683
By Dan Kahan