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Title: Value predispositions as perceptual filters : comparing of public attitudes toward nanotechnology in the United States and Singapore
Authors: Liang, Xuan
Ho, Shirley Soo Yee
Brossard, Dominique
Xenos, Michael A.
Scheufele, Dietram A.
Anderson, Ashley A.
Hao, Xiaoming
He, Xiaoyu
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Liang, X., Ho, S. S., Brossard, D., Xenos, M. A., Scheufele, D. A., Anderson, A. A., . . . He, X. (2015). Value predispositions as perceptual filters : comparing of public attitudes toward nanotechnology in the United States and Singapore. Public Understanding of Science, 24(5), 582-600. doi:10.1177/0963662513510858
Journal: Public Understanding of Science
Abstract: This study compares public attitudes toward nanotechnology in the United States and Singapore, using large-scale survey data in both countries. Results indicate that Singaporeans tend to be more knowledgeable about and familiar with nanotechnology than the U.S. public. Singaporeans tend to perceive greater benefits and fewer potential risks of nanotechnology, and to indicate greater support for government funding for nanotechnology than the U.S. public. Between the two countries, perceived familiarity with nanotechnology and the benefits and risks of the emerging technology tend to be interpreted differently through the lens of value predispositions (religiosity and deference to scientific authority) and therefore they indirectly affect public support. Specifically, the U.S. public tends to use religiosity to interpret benefits and Singaporeans are inclined to use religiosity to think about risks. Deference to scientific authority also moderates the impact of perceived familiarity with nanotechnology on funding support for the technology among the U.S. public.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/139494
ISSN: 0963-6625
DOI: 10.1177/0963662513510858
Rights: © 2013 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published by SAGE Publications in Public Understanding of Science and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
Fulltext Permission: open
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