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dc.contributor.authorMarvelli, Cari L.
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-29T15:09:03Z
dc.date.available2017-09-29T15:09:03Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/69437
dc.description.abstractBy self-affirming core values, individuals appear to be able to assess threatening information more objectively and less defensively (Cohen et al., 2000; Correll, 2000; Steele & Liu, 1983). In spite of a scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), cognitive and affective constructs known to influence information processing seem to combine to produce a perception of threat, resulting in negative attitudes toward GMOs (Blanke et al., 2015), which can lead to disruptions in research and development related to this biotechnology (Lucht, 2015). The present study attempted to show that threats associated with GMOs would be buffered using a Values Affirmation (VA) intervention. It was further hypothesized that correlations would exist between a) trust in sources and information (TISI) and pre-test GMO attitudes, b) conspiracy ideation (CI) and pre-test GMO attitudes, and c) CI and TISI. It was further hypothesized that CI would predict a significant amount of variance in post-test GMO attitudes. Eighty individuals participated in either an in-person or online version of the study. An ANCOVA revealed that the VA intervention did not significantly affect individuals’ post-test GMO attitudes. However, correlation and regression analyses supported the latter hypotheses. This study was unable to support previous research on the effectiveness of the VA tool in diminishing threat perceptions of a controversial scientific technology, but it did suggest that both CI and TISI are significantly associated with GMO attitudes.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Psychologyen_US
dc.subjectCognitive psychologyen_US
dc.subjectSocial psychologyen_US
dc.subjectValues affirmation interventionen_US
dc.subjectPsychological threaten_US
dc.subjectRisken_US
dc.subjectMotivated reasoningen_US
dc.subjectCognitive biasesen_US
dc.subjectInformation processingen_US
dc.subjectConspiratorial ideationen_US
dc.subjectBackfire effecten_US
dc.subjectGenetically modified organismsen_US
dc.titleThe effect of a values affirmation intervention on perceived threat of genetically modified organismsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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