The Effects of Establishing Intimacy and Consubstantiality on Group Discussions About Climate Change Solutions
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The many obstacles to productive climate change communication necessitate new approaches. Based on science communication strategies that promote engagement rather than knowledge transfer, we assigned participants (N = 329) to randomized chat groups that discussed similarities between group members (intimacy condition) or information about climate change (information condition). This study combined Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) and rhetorical analysis and found that groups in the intimacy condition were more likely to exhibit commonality than groups in the information condition. This study offers practical strategies for having productive discussions on controversial scientific topics such as climate change.
Climate change communication; Consubstantiality; LIWC analysis; Small-group discussion; Mixed methods
Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Bloomfield, E. F.,
Van Swol, L. M.,
Ahn, P. H.
The Effects of Establishing Intimacy and Consubstantiality on Group Discussions About Climate Change Solutions.
Science Communication, 42(3),