Climate Change Issue and Social Psychology

Professor Dan Kahan is a professor of Law and Psychology at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. In an interesting analysis of the public perception on the frequently debated issue of climate change (in: Nature, vol.488, 16 Aug.2012, p.255), Professor Kahan attributes the “Polluted Science–Communication Environment” as responsible for the dichotomies in public mind. Readers may go through the article for the interesting insights into how public opinions get polarized based on the dominant view of the respective cultural group to which one belongs.

MSR/4 Sept. 2012