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NEW HYPOTHESES ABOUT ATTITUDE FORMATION TOWARDS NANOTECHNOLOGY: A new grounded conception of the role of affect and cognition in laypeoples’ attitudes towards nanotechnology

Starke, Vanessa (2013) NEW HYPOTHESES ABOUT ATTITUDE FORMATION TOWARDS NANOTECHNOLOGY: A new grounded conception of the role of affect and cognition in laypeoples’ attitudes towards nanotechnology.

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Abstract:This purpose of this study was to explore and explain the attitudes of laypeople towards nanotechnology. Previous studies showed that affect and cognitions play an important role in the risk perceptions of nanotechnology. The methodology of the Grounded theory served as the guideline for this research. Attitudes towards nanotechnology were explored via unstructured in-depth interviews (n=5) with a focus on nanotechnology. A dynamic relationship has been identified between the subcategories: perceived level of knowledge and referencing internal and external sources. Three strategies have been found that laypeople use to generate attitudes. Cognitive and affective dimensional aspects in attitudes towards nanotechnology formed the core category. Three hypotheses concerning the interplay of affect, cognition and strategy use in attitudes were developed and explained.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64159
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