Journal article

Transmission of disorder and etiological information: Effects on health knowledge recollection and health-related cognition

Asha Ganesan, Yoshihisa Kashima, John Emmanuel Kiat, Ilan Dar-Nimrod

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

Biased transmission of health knowledge has far-reaching effects on information reproduction and health-related cognitions. We examined whether transmissions of different types of disorder and etiological information influence recollections of health knowledge and evaluations of patients, by simulating the digital transmission of information. Transmission chains of four non-interacting persons (i.e., four generations) were formed. The first generation read three vignettes describing fictitious patients with one of three disorders (physiological, psychological, culture-bound) uniquely paired with one of three etiologies (genetic, environmental, unknown etiology). Next, they evaluated patients..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research is funded by The Templeton Foundation funding to the Genetics and Human Agency Initiative received by IDN. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.