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

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Sander van der Linden

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology

Anthony Leiserowitz

Yale University

Edward W. Maibach

George Mason University - Center for Climate Change Communication

Date Written: December 29, 2017

Abstract

In this paper, we respond to the critiques presented by Kahan [2017]. 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. [2015] 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.

Suggested Citation

van der Linden, Sander and Leiserowitz, Anthony and Maibach, Edward W., Gateway Illusion or Cultural Cognition Confusion? (December 29, 2017). Journal of Science Communication 16(05)(2017)A04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3094256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3094256

Sander Van der Linden (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Anthony Leiserowitz

Yale University ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

Edward W. Maibach

George Mason University - Center for Climate Change Communication ( email )

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Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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