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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anne Dijkstra,
Professor Lynn Frewer
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Genetic Modification (GM) has been a topic of public debates during the 1990s and 2000s. In this paper we explore the relative importance of two hypothesized explanations for these controversies: (i) people’s general attitude toward science and technology and (ii) their trust in governance, in GM actors, and in GM regulations, in explaining the Dutch public’s Attitude toward GM applications, and in addition to that, the public’s GM Information seeking behaviour. This will be conducted through the application of representative survey methodologies. The results indicate that Attitudes toward GM applications are best predicted by both the attitude toward science and technology and three trust measures. GM information seeking is predicted by gender and educational level, as well as attitude toward science and technology, trust in organisations and trust in regulations (negative). Overall, psychological variables seem better predictors than demographics. Implications for future research on information seeking behaviour are discussed.
Author(s): Hanssen L, Dijkstra AM, Sleenhoff S, Frewer LJ, Gutteling JM
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Science Communication
Online publication date: 01/10/2018
Acceptance date: 23/08/2018
Date deposited: 31/08/2018
ISSN (electronic): 1824-2049
Publisher: International School of Advanced Studies
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