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Does framing work? An empirical study of Simplifying Models for sustainable food production

a / Freek Van de Veldeab / Geert Brôneac / Kurt Feyaertsa / Dirk Geeraertsa

aUniversity of Leuven (Department of Linguistics, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, P.O. Box 3308, BE3000 Leuven)

bResearch Foundation Flanders

cLessius University College

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics. Volume 22, Issue 3, Pages 459–490, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: 10.1515/cogl.2011.018, June 2011

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We investigate empirically whether framing in general, and the use of Simplifying Models as a framing tool in particular, has an effect on the way topics are cognitively construed. Existing studies on framing in linguistics have either been theoretical or descriptive. Going beyond such methodologically simple approaches, we use a more rigid test design involving the use of a control group, the construction of test conditions in which different Simplifying Models constitute the major source of variation, the inclusion of independent variables like age and prior knowledge of the subjects, and the use of linear and logistic regression analysis. Our results show that our more rigid methodological approach yields a more reliable image of the effect of Simplifying Models on the way in which people deal with information on a complex topic like sustainable food production. Fleshing out these effects further may in time lead to a better informed construction of communication on complex social topics.

Keywords:: Simplifying model; framing; empirical evidence; sustainable food production

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