Personal Beliefs in Reality of Climate Change

by Yijing Zhang

Teresa A. Myers (2012) suggests that perception processes shape people’s belief in global warming. One perception process is experiential learning, in which one’s experience strengthens his or her belief. The other process model by Myers is motivated reasoning, in which personal experience is significantly influenced by existing belief. According to a survey, cited by Myers, the majority of Americans have a low engagement in global warming issues. Hence, Myers hypnotizes that the motivated reasoning plays a main role in shaping people’s attitude. One hypothesis is that both experiential processing and reasoning motivation affect people’s belief in global warming. The second hypothesis is that people with personal experience engage more with the climate issue than those who do not have the experience. Continue reading