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Risk perceptions starting to shift? U.S. citizens are forming opinions about nanotechnology

Priest, Susanna and Greenhalgh, Ted and Kramer, Victoria (2009) Risk perceptions starting to shift? U.S. citizens are forming opinions about nanotechnology. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (1). pp. 11-20. ISSN 1388-0764 (Print) 1572-896X (Online)

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This article presents early results from an opinion formation study based on a 76-member panel of U.S. citizens, with comparison data from a group of 177 nanotechnology experts. While initially similar to the expert group in terms of their perceptions of the risks, benefits, and need for regulation characterizing several forms of nanotechnology, the first follow-up survey indicates that the panel is beginning to diverge from the experts, particularly with respect to perceptions of the levels of various “societal” risks that nanotechnology might present. The data suggest that responding to public concerns may involve more than attention to physical risks in areas such as health and environment; concerns about other forms of risk actually appear more salient.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Risk perception - Benefit perception - Need for regulation - Opinion formation - Panel study - Nanotechnology - Nanoscience - Nanoengineering - Societal implications
Subjects:Social and Political Science > Societal and ethical aspects of nanotechnology
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in civil engineering
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in mechanical engineering
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in aeronautics & astronautics
NanoSafety > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in ICT
ID Code:8104
Deposited By:IoN
Deposited On:12 Mar 2010 16:34
Last Modified:12 Mar 2010 16:34

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