The Influence of News Frames and Science Background on Attributions About Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research: Frames as Heuristic/ Biasing Cues

TitleThe Influence of News Frames and Science Background on Attributions About Embryonic and Adult Stem Cell Research: Frames as Heuristic/ Biasing Cues
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsStewart, CO
JournalScience Communication
Volume35
Issue1
Pagination86-114
Date Published2013
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15528545
KeywordsAcademic , controversial , EMBRYOLOGY , framing , PROGENITOR , PSYCHOLOGY , QUANTITATIVE , research , SCIENCE , STEM
AbstractThis study investigated effects of frames, science background, and stem cell source on attributions of ethicality, credibility, and usefulness of stem cell research. Framing did not influence perceptions of ethicality, but science majors tended to perceive embryonic research to be more ethical than did nonscience majors. Nonscience majors perceived stem cell research to be less credible than did science majors in an Economic Prospects frame. Science majors perceived embryonic research to be more useful than did nonscience majors except in a Conflict frame. Results suggest that frames cue heuristics that bias science and nonscience majors’ cognitions about stem cell research differently. 
NotesStewart, Craig O. 1; Affiliation: 1: University of Memphis, TN, USA; Source Info: Feb2013, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p86; Subject Term: STEM cell research; Subject Term: EMBRYOLOGY; Subject Term: SCIENCE; Subject Term: PROGENITOR cells; Subject Term: ACADEMIC degrees; Subject Term: RESEARCH; Author-Supplied Keyword: controversial; Author-Supplied Keyword: framing; Author-Supplied Keyword: psychology of communication; Author-Supplied Keyword: quantitative analysis; Author-Supplied Keyword: science; Author-Supplied Keyword: stem cells; Number of Pages: 29p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 9983
DOI10.1177/1075547012440517

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