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Scientific information largely ignored when forming opinions about stem cell research
Date:6/6/2008

t is not about providing religious audiences with more scientific information. In fact, many of them are already highly informed about stem cell research, so more information makes little difference in terms of influencing public support. And that's not good or bad. That's just what the data show."

On the other hand, a value system held by a much smaller portion of the American public works in just the opposite direction. The attitudes of individuals who are deferential to science - who tend to trust scientists and their work - are influenced by their level of scientific understanding.

Overall, says Brossard, "more understanding doesn't always change attitudes. A lot depends on people's values. And those values need to be considered carefully when we communicate with the public about these issues."


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Contact: Dietram Scheufele
scheufele@wisc.edu
414-241-4774
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Source:Eurekalert

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