Three new studies on the public perception of nanotechnology research and development have just been made available via advanced online publication of the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The studies show that the factors influencing how members of the public view the perceived risks and benefits of nanotechnology goes far beyond an individual's familiarity or knowledge about the topic. These studies also look at some of the differences in the public perception of nanotechnology between the U.S., Europe, and the United Kingdom.
Links to abstracts below.
Cultural cognition of the risks and benefits of nanotechnology
Dan M. Kahan, Donald Braman, Paul Slovic, John Gastil, and Geoffrey Cohen
Deliberating the risks of nanotechnologies for energy and health applications in the United States and United Kingdom
Nick Pidgeon, Barbara Herr Harthorn, Karl Bryant, and Tee Rogers-Hayden
Religious beliefs and public attitudes toward nanotechnology in Europe and the United States
Dietram A. Scheufele, Elizabeth A. Corley, Tsung-jen Shih, Kajsa E. Dairymple, and Shirley S. Ho.