News stories about scientific failures that do not recognize the self-correcting nature of science can damage public perceptions of trust and confidence in scientific work, a study finds.
In the New England Journal of Medicine, science communication researchers from APPC and Critica propose to treat the Covid-19 “infodemic” with the methods used to halt epidemics.
A new Annenberg Science Knowledge (ASK) survey shows that three in four people say Covid-19 vaccines are effective, and safer than getting Covid-19. Another 15% are not sure, and may be persuadable.
COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased in the early months of the pandemic among heavy users of conservative and social media, APPC research shows.
News coverage of expert scientific evidence about vaccine safety increases public acceptance of vaccines, but the effect is diminished when that message is juxtaposed with a narrative about real side effects.
TV gun violence in popular prime-time broadcast dramas has increased steadily over almost two decades, paralleling trends in U.S. homicide deaths attributable to firearms, APPC research found.