Collaboration with Nisbet, Cooper garners media attention

Our paper challenging claims that conservatives are uniquely anti-science has received a fair amount of press this month. We demonstrate that both conservatives and liberals tend to be more skeptical of scientific claims that challenge views commonly associated with their ideology. In our study, conservatives tended to resist accurate scientific claims about climate change and evolution, while liberals questioned equally accurate claims about fracking and nuclear energy. Both groups also became less trusting of the scientific community after reading the evidence-based information.

 

The article, and our blog posts on the topic, have been covered by numerous outlets. Here are a few examples:

New Republic:  http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121283/when-it-comes-science-conservatives-are-no-more-biased-libera

Science Magazine: http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2015/02/politics-science-and-public-attitudes-what-we-re-learning-and-why-it-matters

The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/oliver-burkeman-column/2015/feb/24/nobody-immune-science-they-do-not-like-even-liberals

Pacific Standard: http://www.psmag.com/politics-and-law/ideology-often-trumps-science-especially-among-conservatives

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/12/political-science-bias_n_6655670.html

National Journal: http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/liberals-doubt-science-too-20150213

Rumor research in the news

My research looking at email’s role in promoting belief in false political rumors has been in the news recently.

Media coverage of Instant Messaging research

My work with Jim Danziger (University of California, Irvine) looking at the role of instant messaging (IM) in the workplace got some press.  Among the more notable outlets to cover the story were theNY Times and Future Tense, a radio production of American Public Media carried on some NPR affiliates.

Our research into personal Internet use during work was also picked up by the AP.

Selective exposure in the news

My first study to covered by the news media was conducted in collaboration with the Pew Internet and American Life Project (“The internet and democratic debate“).  Since it’s release, the report has received national and international coverage. According to Google News, there were several hundred stories when it first came out and a few are still online.

Later coverage focused on how people think and talk about online news use more generally.