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Attitudes Towards Science

Rutjens, Bastiaan T., Heine, Steven J., Sutton, Robbie M., van Harreveld, Frenk (2018) Attitudes Towards Science. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 57 . pp. 125-165. ISSN 0065-2601. E-ISSN 1557-8410. (doi:10.1016/bs.aesp.2017.08.001)

Abstract

As science continues to progress, attitudes towards science seem to become ever more polarized. Whereas some put their faith in science, others routinely reject and dismiss scientific evidence. The current chapter provides an integration of recent research on how people evaluate science. We organize our chapter along three research topics that are most relevant to this goal: ideology, motivation, and morality. We review the relations of political and religious ideologies to science attitudes, discuss the psychological functions and motivational underpinnings of belief in science, and describe work looking at the role of morality when evaluating science and scientists. In the final part of the chapter, we apply what we know about science evaluations to the current crisis of faith in science and the open science movement. Here, we also take into account the increased accessibility and popularization of science and the (perceived) relations between science and industry.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/bs.aesp.2017.08.001
Uncontrolled keywords: Science, Belief in science, Antiscience, Motivation, Ideology, Religion, Morality, Control, Order, Existential meaning, Popularization of science, Open science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Robbie Sutton
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 02:05 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 13:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62593 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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