2019-12-16 | Annika Scholl gives habilitation speech on the rejection of scientific findings
Climate change? Doesn’t exist! Vaccination? A risk. Science is more and more distrusted. Scientific facts are often under criticism, are not properly understood by laypersons or actively rejected. In her habilitation lecture on 11 December, Dr. Annika Scholl explained why and presented possible interventions. Using selected research examples, the Deputy Head of the Social Processes Lab explained that motivational reasons could be respsonsible for the rejection of scientific evidence. This means that people often do not accept findings because they contradict their convictions or their own interests, or because they distrust the source of information. Approaches to increasing acceptance suggest, for example, emphasising the scientific consensus on a topic in order to stress the trustworthiness of findings.