Hype and Public Trust in Science

Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (2):321-335 (2013)
Abstract
Social scientists have begun elucidating the variables that influence public trust in science, yet little is known about hype in biotechnology and its effects on public trust. Many scholars claim that hyping biotechnology results in a loss of public trust, and possibly public enthusiasm or support for science, because public expectations of the biotechnological promises will be unmet. We argue for the need for empirical research that examines the relationships between hype, public trust, and public enthusiasm/support. We discuss the complexities in designing empirical studies that provide evidence for a causal link between hype, public trust, and public enthusiasm/support, but also illustrate how this may be remedied. Further empirical research on hype and public trust is needed in order to improve public communication of science and to design evidence-based education on the responsible conduct of research for scientists. We conclude that conceptual arguments made on hype and public trust must be nuanced to reflect our current understanding of this relationship
Keywords Public trust  Hype  Biotechnology  Public support/enthusiasm  Responsible conduct of research
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11948-011-9327-6
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,173
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Scientific Research and the Public Trust.David Resnik - 2011 - Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (3):399-409.
A Code of Ethics for the Life Sciences.Nancy L. Jones - 2007 - Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (1):25-43.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Scientific Research and the Public Trust.David Resnik - 2011 - Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (3):399-409.
Building Cultures of Trust.Martin E. Marty - 2010 - W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co..
The Impact of Conflict of Interest on Trust in Science.Paul J. Friedman - 2002 - Science and Engineering Ethics 8 (3):413-420.
Public Trust in a Military Force.Asa Kasher - 2003 - Journal of Military Ethics 2 (1):20-45.
Tar Wars.Robbin Derry & Sachin V. Waikar - 2006 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 17:89-92.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-11-03

Total downloads

29 ( #172,815 of 2,152,482 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #281,161 of 2,152,482 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums