Dan Kahan

Dan Kahan's identity-related work has focused on “identity protective cognition”, which refers to the tendency of individuals to unconsciously dismiss evidence that does not reflect the beliefs that predominate in their group. This is also sometimes called “motivated reasoning”. More broadly, he studies various topics related to risk perceptions and science communication in the context of decision-making.

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What is STEM identity? | Dan Kahan

Dan Kahan
Professor of Law and Psychology, Yale University

"It’s really an important thing to study how the different kinds of reasoning styles interact. Is it the case that people who have a cultural world view have different attitudes about science when they’re in their science use domain. I think everybody has that to some extent."