The perception of nanotechnology in public : a n experimental study on the attitudes towards nanotechnology

Dogangun, H. (2016) The perception of nanotechnology in public : a n experimental study on the attitudes towards nanotechnology.

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Abstract:Purpose: To examine the influence of perception towards nanotechnology on several attitudinal variables. Methods: The study was performed using a randomized experimental design with an experimental and control group. Using a Making of an IBM short movie, further called video, of nanotechnology, participants in the experimental group first saw the video and then were administered several attitudinal variables. Participants in the control group were administered the attitudinal variables and afterwards saw the same video. The study was conducted via an online platform. Results: A significant positive effect was found regarding perceived usefulness, risk perception and benefit perception. No effects were found on positive affect and creative thinking. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate a positive effect of the video about nanotechnology and the perception of participants towards nanotechnology. Participants in the experimental group seem to find nanotechnology more useful, less risky and more beneficial in comparison to participants in the control group. Further research should further investigate these positive effects.
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/69419
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