Past Research

Responding to News Stories about Drought

Research dates: 2012-2015
Investigator(s): Renee Edwards, Jonathon Denham

This project addressed three questions about what happens when individuals access news stories about drought: (1) What do they think? (2) Why do they have different thoughts? (3) What are the consequences for decision-making? The model proposed that thoughts or implications derived from news stories are influenced by experience with extreme weather, belief in climate change, and story appraisal. Implications (both quantity and type) lead to outcomes such as fear, sympathy, and endorsing action.