UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences Quantitative Seminar
University of Washington
Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology
What the behavior of fish and rats might tell us about human opinion on climate change
Beliefs on the cause and importance of climate change differ greatly between liberals and conservatives and have not changed in over a decade, even though the understanding of the issue has increased in both groups. Part of the reason for these trends may stem from the neural mechanisms and genetics of decision making. Drawing on studies and models from neuroscience, psychology and ecology, I present a case for why climate opinions seemed fixed and what may be required to change them.