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Catherine Chen

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Catherine Chen

American Democracy Graduate Fellows


Catherine Chen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Communication. Her research agenda is to understand the psychological mechanisms of changes in public opinion on climate change and to seek effective ways to communicate and intervene. The goal of such communication and intervention is 1) making the public aware of their responsibilities, and 2) making the public willing to take action. Previous research has indicated that people may answer questions in ways that they think are socially admirable. Chen's work through the Center for American Democracy at IRiSS investigates whether people hide their true opinions when responding to poll questions on climate change-related issues.