Staff Writer, R. Patrick ChapmanPsychology / Government
There are reasons for why the American public engages in some but not all risk information. For one thing, the government lies. We understand this fact. Two, the Ebola virus is real and has real consequences. We understand those facts all too well.
When it comes to the topics of climate change and overpopulation, we as the American public know that these two subjects are manufactured topics so that overzealous scam artists can manipulate, tax, and regulate all of human activity.
Most common people when given the right data understand that climate change and overpopulation are outright lies from government officials and the United Nations' organizations.
So National Science Foundation why don't you? Why does the government have to manipulate the public instead of telling us the truth? And why are you helping the government do this unethical behavior? Is the Tavistock Institute closed?
I have answered the program thesis question, so may I have my $84,110 grant now?
Here is the winning proposal abstract and all relevant contact information if you are so bold:
This project assesses the American public's views of the Ebola outbreak and how these views influence their communication behaviors related to the outbreak such as information seeking, information sharing and information processing. The project focuses on the degree to which such views are influenced by the public's perceptions regarding the importance and personal relevance of this issue, as well as their emotional responses to the outbreak and whether they perceive this issue as psychologically distant and abstract. The research involves a survey, based on a nationally representative sample of 1,000 participants, who are randomly assigned to two experimental conditions (one emphasizing that there are no known cases or Ebola transmission in the United States, and the other that avoids this fact). The use of this experimental survey design provides a unique capacity to understand why one third of the U.S. adults (measured in a September 2014 survey) are concerned that there will be a large Ebola outbreak in the U.S. The participants in the surveys are being drawn from an academic-quality, probability-based online panel.
In addition to the issue-specific value of knowing more about risk perceptions related to the Ebola outbreak, findings from this project will inform the design of communication messages related to risk issues that are often perceived to be psychologically distant by the American public, such as climate change and overpopulation. The specific mechanisms through which the study variables influence risk communication behaviors will also inform communication campaigns aimed at encouraging greater public engagement with risk information. In doing so, the proposed research will integrate theory from social psychology and risk communication to explore the utility of psychological distance in informing public communication about emerging public health risks
Source: National Science Foundation