Analysis of psychosocial factors influencing the distribution and projection of Spanish scientific activity: Report of the initial qualitative study

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Abstract

In this first phase of a longer study, we identify a number of psycho-social factors which are affecting science in Spain: attitudes, stereotypes, prejudices, values, beliefs, and attribution processes. We also examine how these factors might help or hinder Spanish science's greater impact in the international scientific community. This study falls within the framework of the Social Psychology of Science, the main principle of which is to explain scientific work by appeal to psycho-social variables and processes. We use qualitative methods to analyse a wide sample of material gleaned from the Spanish scientific community, and report on those elements that construct and perpetuate the perceptions, images and representations of current Spanish science research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-239
JournalAthenea Digital
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Psicosocial processes
  • Representations
  • Science

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