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Grant - Understanding and responding to scepticism about science

Hornsey, Prof Matthew; Fielding, Dr Kelly
Granting Body:
Australian Research Council
Funding Scheme:
Discovery Grant
Investigator School:
1st January 2015 to 31st December 2017


Many people hold beliefs that defy scientific consensus. A standard response when a scientist faces resistance to an evidence-based message is to keep explaining the evidence as clearly and thoroughly as possible (explication). It is argued that explication often fails because people are motivated to hold on to non-scientific beliefs for reasons other than the motivation to find the truth. It is proposed that qualitative and quantitative techniques to identify these hidden motivations. These insights will be used to test psychologically tailored interventions designed to interrupt or circumnavigate these underlying motives, with the goal of promoting environmental responsibility and population health.
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