Trust Workshop Background Reading, Listening, and Viewing Materials

For those who want just enough to wet the appetite please take a look at the 50,000 Foot Views of Trust in Science. For those who crave more, please also see Nuances and More Details and Media Interpretations.

* = not open access

50,000 Foot View of Trust in Science

*Brewer, P.R. and B.L. Ley. 2013. Whose Science Do You Believe? Explaining Trust in Sources of Scientific Information about the Environment. Science Communications. 35: 115. DOI: 10.117/7075547012441691

Englehardt, K. “Trust in science problem (not quite) solved.” The Leap – a blog. 18 March 2015.

Neeley, L. “What the Science Tells Us About ‘Trust in Science’” COMPASSblogs. 12 August 2013. 

Resnik, D.B. 2011. Scientific research and the Public Trust. Sci Eng Ethics 17(3): 399-409. doi:10.1007/s11948-010-9210-x


Trends in Public Perceptions of Science

*Bauer MW, Allum N, and S Miller. 2007. What can we learn from 25 years of PUS survey research? Liberating and expanding the agenda. Public Understanding of Science 16(1): 79-95

European Commission. 2014. Special Eurobarometer 419, Public Perceptions of Science, Research, and Innovation.

Ipsos Mori. 2014. Public Attitudes to Science 2014.

National Science Board. 2014. Science and Engineering Indicators. 

Pew Research Center. 2015. Public and Scientists Views on Science and Society.

Pew Research Center. 2009. Public Praises Science; Scientists Fault Public, Media.

Smith TW and J Son. 2013. General Social Survey 2012 Final Report: Trends in Public Attitudes about Confidence in Institutions. NORC at the University of Chicago.


Nuances and More Details 

*Anderson et al. 2012. The Role of the Media and Deference to Scientific Authority in Cultivating Trust in Sources of Information about Emerging Technologies. International Journal of Public Opinion Research 24(2):225-237.

Burgess, M. M. 2014. From ‘trust us’ to participatory governance: Deliberative publics and science policy. Public Underst Sci 23 (1):48-52.

*Chryssochoidis et al. 2009. Public trust in institutions and information sources regarding risk management and communication: towards integrating extant knowledge. Journal of Risk Research 12(2): 137-185. 

*Connor, M. and M. Siegrist. 2010. Factors Influencing People’s Acceptance of Gene Technology: The Role of Knowledge, Health Expectations, Naturalness, and Social Trust. Science Communication 32 (4):514-538.

*Costa-Font, Montserrat, and José M. Gil. 2012. Does expert trust and factual knowledge shape individual’s perception of science? International Journal of Consumer Studies 36 (6):668-677.

*Cvetkovich et al. 2008. New Information and Social Trust: Asymmetry and Perseverance of Attributions about Hazard Managers. Risk Analysis 22(2): 359-367.

Dupont, S., G.Puncher and P.Calosi. Bird is the word – on the importance of ethical and effective scientific communication. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, available on CJO2015. doi:10.1017/S0025315415000193

*Engdahl, E. and R. Lidskog. 2012. Risk, communication and trust: Towards an emotional understanding of trust. Public Understanding of Science 23 (6):703-717. 

Fiske, S. T. and C. Dupree. 2014. Gaining trust as well as respect in communicating to motivated audiences about science topics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences US A 111 Suppl 4:13593-7.

*Grand A. et al. 2012. Open Science: A New “Trust Technology”? Science Communication 34 (5):679-689.

*Hatemi, P. and R. McDermott.(Eds.) 2011. Man is by nature a political animal: Evolution, Biology and Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hatemi, P. and R. McDermott. 2011. Normative implications of biological research. Political Science & Politics 44 (2): 325-329.

Jamieson, K. and B. Hardy. 2014. Leveraging scientific credibility about Arctic sea ice trends in a polarized political environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, supplement 4.  

*Jensen, J. D. and R. J. Hurley. 2012. Conflicting stories about public scientific controversies: Effects of news convergence and divergence on scientists’ credibility. Public Underst Sci 21 (6):689-70.

Liang, X. et al. 2014. Building Buzz: (Scientists) Communicating Science in New Media Environments. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 91 (4):772-791.

Master, Z. and D. B. Resnik. 2013. Hype and Public Trust in Science. Sci Eng Ethics 19(2): 321-335. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9327-6

McComas, K. A. 2008. Session 5: Nutrition communication. The role of trust in health communication and the effect of conflicts of interest among scientists. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 67 (4):428-36.

McCright, A. M. et al. 2013. The influence of political ideology on trust in science. Environmental Research Letters 8 (4):044029.

McDermott, R. et al. 2009. Monoamine Oxidase A gene (MAOA) predicts behavioral aggression following provocation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106 no. 7 2118-2123.

*Nisbet EC, Cooper KE, and RK GRant. 2015. The Partisan Brain. How Dissonant Science Messages Lead Conservatives and Liberals to (Dis)Trust Science. The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science. 658 (1):36-66.

Oreskes, N. Why we should trust scientists. TED talk, May 2014. 

Pacheco et al. 2013 Moving Forward: Breaking the cycle of mistrust between American Indians and Researchers. Am J Public Health 103 (12): 2152–2159.

*Retzbach A and M. MAier. Communicating Scientific Uncertainty. Media Effects on Public Engagement with Science. Communication Research 42 (3): 429-456.

*Roberts, M. R. et al. 2013. Causal or spurious? The relationship of knowledge and attitudes to trust in science and technology. Public Understanding of Science  22 (5):624-41.

*Takahashi B and  and EC Tandoc. 2015. Media sources, credibility, and perceptions of science: Learning about how people learn about science. Public Understanding of Science. doi:10.1177/0963662515574986


Media Interpretations

Achenbach, J. Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? National Geographic. March 2015.

Bell, A. How to read the latest data on public attitudes to science. The Guardian. 14 March 2014.

Jarreau PB. Scientists, we do trust you, even if you could be a little warmer. From the Lab Bench.  SciLogs. 27 September 2014.

Lee DN. Will black people ever trust clinical trials? Ebony. 16 July 2014

Lynas, M. Even in 2015 the public doesn’t trust scientists. The Washington Post. 30 January 2013.

WAMU (an NPR station). Why We Doubt Scientific Findings. The Diane Rhem Show, NPR. 4 March 2015. (Guests: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Joel Achenbach, and Marcia McNutt)

Yarborough, M.  Openness in science is key to keeping public trust. Nature 515: 31. 19 November 2014.