Depolarizing the discourse around child vaccinations

In this segment of my health communication blog series, I will summarize the findings of a meta-analysis that aims to examine parents’ opinions on child vaccinations.* The goal of this publication is to better understand how and why these opinions are formed. With their data the authors wish to challenge the idea that parents’ views … Read moreDepolarizing the discourse around child vaccinations

Health communication in a digital world- a case study for cardiac rehabilitation

Health coach mobile app

In this post I will summarize findings from a pilot study* that aims to use a phone application to increase patient participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR).  The researchers measured the app’s feasibility, efficiency and integration into standard care. This study is an imperative voice in the discussion about implementing modern technology to improve healthcare efficiency … Read moreHealth communication in a digital world- a case study for cardiac rehabilitation

Investigating the effects of social media on mental health

Mental health and the internet

This article is a summary of a publication investigating the effects of social media on mental health.* It is no secret that academic research can lead to mental health issues and there is a serious stigma around mental health, preventing those suffering to speak out. Ultimately, addressing the mental health issue in academia requires communication … Read moreInvestigating the effects of social media on mental health

Issues with communication of human microbiome studies by popular science media and suggested solutions.

Human Microbiome

Issues with communication of human microbiome studies by popular science media have been addressed by a recent opinion piece in Nature Medicine, which is summarized in this article* If you are a movie buff like me, you’ve frequently come across the expression “In english, please!”  when a character is using jargon to explain something. This … Read moreIssues with communication of human microbiome studies by popular science media and suggested solutions.

Made to Stick- a framework for sticky content

Cover of the book Made to Stick

Welcome to our inaugural book summary, where we summarize a book every communicator should read to help them create sticky content. Through our book summaries, we hope to introduce you to important books in communication, science communication, social science and more. When an idea or a fact is communicated with someone, it is registered in … Read moreMade to Stick- a framework for sticky content

Does Science Communication Promote Inclusivity?

Poster announcing Twitter chat where inclusivity in science communication is discussed

Mirror, mirror on the wall.  Whom is science communication inclusive of, if not for all?   I was taught that science is all about objectivity and rigor, and that science doesn’t care who you are.  But science, like all other institutions, is susceptible to inequalities and biases.  As science communicators, we know how important it … Read moreDoes Science Communication Promote Inclusivity?

Announcing the winners of the State Your Mission science communication challenge

After much deliberation and debate, we are proud to announce the winners of the State Your Mission science communication challenge. We were blown away by the number and the outstanding quality of the submissions, they give us hope for the future of science advocacy. At the same time, we feel sad that we cannot place … Read moreAnnouncing the winners of the State Your Mission science communication challenge

State Your Science Communication Mission, Win Prizes

State your Science communication challenge

We are excited to launch our second annual Science Communication Mission Statement Challenge today January 8th, 2019. It is an exciting time to be a science advocate as science communication is taking its much needed rightful place on social media, and is embedded in science training curricula. The number of science communication jobs and degrees … Read moreState Your Science Communication Mission, Win Prizes

Education alone is not the cure for science denial

Education does not cure science denial

What is at the root of science denial? Our October Twitter chat focused on whether or not education plays a part in science denial and polarization of public opinion on controversial science topics.  We reviewed findings from a recently published paper by Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff,  which revealed an unexpected “paradox of polarization.”  We … Read moreEducation alone is not the cure for science denial

Education strengthens science communication. Or does it???

Science Communiation-paradox of polarization

Education strengthens science communication.  Or does it???  Contrary to common sense (and conventional science communication approaches), increasing scientific education may actually enhances polarization in public opinion on controversial issues in science!  We refer to this dynamic as the paradox of polarization.   This month we are reviewing the article, “Individuals with Greater Science Literacy and … Read moreEducation strengthens science communication. Or does it???