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Public Perceptions and Trust in the Regulation of genetically Modified Food

Wouter Poortinga
Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.

Date: 2 May 2006
Time: 1-2.30pm
Venue: CARR Seminar Room, H615

Abstract
In this presentation I will discuss public perceptions and trust in the regulation of GM food in Britain. More specifically, I will discuss the importance of prior attitudes and affect for people's responses to information and trust in the regulation of GM food. An important conclusion of my research is that trust is partly an expression of a more general attitude towards GM food. The results suggest that people with preconceived ideas may not easily change their existing attitudes and attributions of trust. However, the results also suggest that the overall dynamics is biased towards distrust. Negative information appeared more informative for people with no clear view on GM food than positive information. Overall, the results suggest that trust is fairly stable for people with clear positive or negative views on GM food, but relatively volatile for people in the middle.

Biography
Dr Wouter Poortinga is an Academic Fellow at the Welsh School of  Architecture and the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Wouter's research focused on people's responses to various environmental and technological risks. One of his recent topics was on the role of trust in the perception and acceptability of risks. His wider research interests are in studying the interaction between the psychological and social/environmental basis of people's health, well-being and quality of life.

 

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