Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science

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Communicating Uncertainty
Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science

Edited by Sharon M. Friedman Lehigh University Sharon Dunwoody University of Wisconsin-Madison Carol L. Rogers University of Maryland

LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOCIATES, PUBLISHERS 1999 Mahwah, New Jersey London

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Reference ix
  • Introduction xi
  • References xiv
  • Part I - Interpreting Uncertainty 1
  • Chapter 1 - Scientists' Representations of Uncertainty 3
  • Acknowledgments 19
  • References 19
  • Chapter 2 - How Journalists Deal with Scientific Uncertainty 23
  • References 39
  • Chapter 3 - Public Responses to Uncertainty 43
  • References 55
  • 4 - Scientists, Journalists, and the Meaning of Uncertainty 59
  • References 77
  • Chapter 5 - Interpreting Uncertainty: A Panel Discussion 81
  • Part II - Science in the Public Arena 93
  • Chapter 6 - Popular Beliefs, Media, and Biotechnology 95
  • References 111
  • Chapter 7 - The Never-Ending Story of Dioxin 113
  • Acknowledgments 134
  • References 134
  • Chapter 8 - An Uncertain Social Contract: The Case of Human Resources for Science 137
  • Acknowledgments 152
  • References 152
  • Chapter 9 - Reporting on the Changing Science of Human Behavior 155
  • References 166
  • Chapter 10 - Science in the Public Arena: A Panel Discussion 167
  • Part III - Beyond the Basics 177
  • Chapter 11 - The Importance of Understanding Audiences 179
  • Acknowledgments 199
  • References 199
  • Chapter 12 - Effective Explanation of Uncertain and Complex Science 201
  • Acknowledgments 220
  • References 221
  • Chapter 13 - Using Systematic Thinking to Choose and Evaluate Evidence 225
  • Acknowledgments 246
  • References 246
  • Chapter 14 - Beyond the Basics: A Roundtable Discussion 249
  • Author Index 263
  • Subject Index 269
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