University of Michigan – Scientific issues have often formed the basis for political debates. But translating science into public policy can be a messy business. As journalists, policy makers, and citizens encounter scientific research, well-established findings are often a matter for contentious political opposition and conflicted public opinion — witness climate change. At other times, scientific findings enter popular parlance, and we often make broad policy decisions without fully understanding the consequences. This course explores how we move from data to rhetoric and beyond.
- It’s not my consensus: Motivated reasoning and the sources of scientific illiteracy
- Negativity and Positivity Biases in Economic News Coverage: Traditional vs. Social Media
- Perceptions of health risks of cigarette smoking: A new measure reveals widespread misunderstanding
- Motivated Reasoning in Perceived Credibility of Public Opinion Polls