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Findings from University of Wisconsin Provides New Data about Nanotechnology (Disentangling the influence of value predispositions and risk/benefit...

August 1, 2014



Findings from University of Wisconsin Provides New Data about Nanotechnology (Disentangling the influence of value predispositions and risk/benefit perceptions on support for nanotechnology among the American public)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Investigators publish new report on Nanotechnology. According to news reporting originating in Madison, Wisconsin, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Using nanotechnology as a case study, this article explores (1) how people's perceptions of benefits and risks are related to their approval of nanotechnology, (2) which information-processing factors contribute to public risk/benefit perceptions, and (3) whether individuals' predispositions (i.e., deference to scientific authority and ideology) may moderate the relationship between cognitive processing and risk perceptions of the technology."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Wisconsin, "Results indicate that benefit perceptions positively affect public support for nanotechnology; perceptions of risk tend to be more influenced by systematic processing than by heuristic cues, whereas both heuristic and systematic processing influence benefit perceptions. People who are more liberal-minded tend to be more affected by systematic processing when thinking about the benefits of nanotechnology than those who are more conservative."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Compared to less deferent individuals, those who are more deferent to scientific authority tend to be less influenced by systematic processing when making judgments about the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. Implications are discussed."

For more information on this research see: Disentangling the influence of value predispositions and risk/benefit perceptions on support for nanotechnology among the American public. Risk Analysis, 2014;34(5):965-80. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Risk Analysis - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1539-6924)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Kim, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, United States. Additional authors for this research include S.K. Yeo, D. Brossard, D.A. Scheufele and M.A Xenos (see also Nanotechnology).

Keywords for this news article include: Madison, Wisconsin, United States, North and Central America, Emerging Technologies, Nanotechnology.

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