Effects of knowledge and emotion on support for novel synthetic biology applications.

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Date: Apr. 2021
From: Conservation Biology(Vol. 35, Issue 2)
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Report
Length: 395 words

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Keywords: biotechnology; emotion; psychology; public acceptance; public engagement; risk perception; aceptación pública; biotecnología; emociones; participación pública; percepción del riesgo; psicología; å¿çå­¦; å¬ä¼æ¥å度; çç©ææ¯; é£é©æç¥; æ绪; å¬ä¼åä¸ Abstract There is sometimes an inherent assumption that the logical head will overrule the emotional heart in matters of science and technology. However, the literature on decision making under risk and uncertainty suggests that emotional responses may be more potent. A representative sample of Australians participated in a large, national, online survey (n = 8037), in which we measured the influence of knowledge and emotion in predicting support for possible synthetic biology (synbio) solutions to conservation, environmental, and industrial problems. A hierarchical regression model was used to examine the relative influence of affect- and emotion-related factors beyond the influence of knowledge factors in predicting support for synbio solutions. Subsequently, interaction analyses were conducted to examine the potentially moderating role of emotions in the knowledge-support relationship. There was 64% variance in overall support for synbio solutions (R.sup.2 = 0.64, p Article Note: Article Impact Statement: Emotions influence and moderate support for synthetic biology, which has implications for technology design, implementation, and communication. CAPTION(S): Synthetic biology information storyboards example (Appendix S1), means and correlations between the 7 key independent variables and the dependent variable of support (Appendix S2), multigroup comparisons of hierarchical regressions across all synbio technological applications (Appendix S3), and standardized coefficients for moderated regression, including interactions (Appendix S4) are available online. The authors are solely responsible for the content and functionality of these materials. Queries (other than absence of the material) should be directed to the corresponding author. Supporting Material Supporting Material Supporting Material Supporting Material Byline: Aditi Mankad, Elizabeth V. Hobman, Lucy Carter

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