Concern About Hunger May Increase Receptivity to GMOs

B. Elijah Carter, Caitlin C. Conn, Jason R. Wiles

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Due to a phenomenon known as the 'backfire effect', intuition-based opinions can be inadvertently strengthened by evidence-based counterarguments. Students' views on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be subject to this effect. We explored the impact of an empathetically accessible topic, world hunger, on receptivity to GMO technology as an alternative to direct evidence-based approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-541
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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