Smart and Shifty

Americans may respect scientists, but they do not necessarily trust them, report Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from Princeton University in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Effective communicators, Fiske and Dupree say, have to be regarded by the public as both capable and warm — meaning both trustworthy and friendly.

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