The Effects of Gender, Discipline, and Scientist Advocacy on Perceptions of Credibility and Motivations

by Kathryn Arntsen, Kayln Clinkenbeard, Madeleine McGann, & Rebekah Stone

Faculty mentor: Dr. Mindy Erchull

We sought to replicate and extend research on the impact of scientists’ public advocacy on perceptions of credibility and motivation by adding scientists’ gender and discipline. We found that the field of science, but not gender, had an effect on perceived motives, but perceptions of credibility were not impacted.

The Effects of Gender, Discipline, and Scientist Advocacy on Perceptions of Credibility and Motivations