Gateway Illusion or Cultural Cognition Confusion?
Journal of Science Communication 16(05)(2017)A04
24 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2018 Last revised: 3 Feb 2018
Date Written: December 29, 2017
In this paper, we respond to the critiques presented by Kahan . Contrary to claims that the scientific consensus message did not significantly influence the key mediator and outcome variables in our model, we show that the experiment in van der Linden et al.  did in fact directly influence key beliefs about climate change. We also clarify that the Gateway Belief Model (GBM) is theoretically well-specified, empirically sound, and as hypothesized, the consensus message exerts a significant indirect influence on support for public action through the mediating variables. We support our conclusions with a large-scale replication.
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