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Dr Adam Corner - PhD Cardiff

Research Associate

Research group:
Social & environmental psychology
Email:
CornerAJ@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 0838
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

I am a Research Associate in the Understanding Risk research group at Cardiff University. My research looks at how people evaluate arguments and evidence, the communication of climate change, and the public understanding of emerging areas of science such as nanotechnologies and geoengineering.

I am very interested in the application of psychological and social scientific research to practical questions such as the effective communication of climate change, and the psychological barriers to engaging in pro-environmental behaviours.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2014

Corner, A. J. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineeringClimatic Change (10.1007/s10584-014-1148-6) pdf

Corner, A. J., Markowitz, E. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Public engagement with climate change: the role of human valuesWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, n/a. (10.1002/wcc.269) pdf

Corner, A. J., Capstick, S. B. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Public perceptions of ocean acidification summary findings of two nationally representative surveys of the British public, october 2014. Working Paper. Cardiff University . pdf

Groves, C. and Corner, A. J. (2014). Breaking the climate change communication deadlockNature, 4, 743-745. (10.1038/nclimate2348)

Xenias, D., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Corner, A. J. (2014). Deconstructing scepticism towards climate change. Presented at: 17th EASP General Meeting , Amsterdam, Netherlands , 9-12 July 2014.

2013

Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Pidgeon, N. F. and Vaughan, N. E. (2013). Messing with nature? Exploring public perceptions of geoengineering in the UKGlobal Environmental Change, 23(5), 938-947. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.06.002) pdf

Evans, L., Maio, G. R., Corner, A. J., Hodgetts, C. J., Ahmed, S. and Hahn, U. (2013). Self-Interest and pro-environmental behaviour [Letter]Nature Climate Change, 3(2), 122-125. (10.1038/nclimate1662)

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2013). James is polite and punctual (and useless): a Bayesian formalisation of faint praiseThinking & Reasoning, 19(3-4), 414-429. (10.1080/13546783.2013.801367) pdf

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J., Xu, J. and Du, X. (2013). Lost in translation? Interpretations of the probability phrases used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in China and the UKClimatic Change, 121(2), 415-425. (10.1007/s10584-013-0975-1) pdf

Parkhill, K., Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J. and Vaughan, N. (2013). Deliberation and responsible innovation: a geoengineering case study. In: Owen, R., Bessant, J. and Heintz, M. eds. Responsible Innovation:Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society. London: Wiley, pp. 219-240.

Pidgeon, N. F., Parkhill, K., Corner, A. J. and Vaughan, N. (2013). Deliberating stratospheric aerosols for climate geoengineering and the SPICE projectNature Climate Change, 3, 451-457. (10.1038/NCLIMATE1807) pdf

Xenias, D., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Corner, A. J. (2013). Climate change scepticism: A psychological defence against threatening information?. Presented at: 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Magdeburg, Germany, 22- 25 September 2013.

2012

Corner, A. J. (2012). Evaluating arguments about climate change. In: Khine, M. ed. Perspectives on Scientific Argumentation: Theory, Practice and Research. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 201-220. (10.1007/978-94-007-2470-9_10)

Corner, A. J. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). Nanotechnologies and upstream public engagement: dilemmas, debates and prospects?. In: Herr Harthorn, B. and Mohr, J. eds. The Social Life of Nanotechnology, Vol 18. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge,

Corner, A. J., Pidgeon, N. F. and Parkhill, K. (2012). Perceptions of geoengineering: Public attitudes, stakeholder perspectives & the challenge of 'upstream' engagementWIRES Climage Change, 3(5), 451-466. (10.1002/wcc.176)

Corner, A. J. (2012). Psychology: Science literacy and climate viewNature Climate Change, 2(10), 710-711. (10.1038/nclimate1700)

Corner, A. J., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Xenias, D. (2012). Uncertainty, scepticism and attitudes towards climate change: biased assimilation and attitude polarisationClimatic Change, 114(3-4), 463-478. (10.1007/s10584-012-0424-6) pdf

Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Spence, A. A., Butler, C. and Poortinga, W. (2012). Exploring early public responses to geoengineeringPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 370(1974), 4176-4196. (10.1098/rsta.2012.0099 )

2011

Corner, A., Parkhill, K. and Pidgeon, N. (2011). 'Experiment Earth?' Reflections on a public dialogue on geoengineering. Working Paper. Cardiff: School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Available at: http://www.iagp.ac.uk/publications/‘experiment-earth’-reflections-public-dialogue-geoengineering

Corner, A. J. (2011). A country with no time for climate change scepticismNew Scientist, 209(2801), 26-27.

Corner, A. J., Venables, D., Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Demski, C. C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudesEnergy Policy, 39(9), 4823-4833. (10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.037)

Corner, A. J. and Randall, A. (2011). Selling climate change? The limitations of social marketing as a strategy for climate change public engagementGlobal Environmental Change, 21(3), 1005-1014. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.05.002)

Corner, A. J., Hahn, U. and Oaksford, M. (2011). The psychological mechanism of the slippery slope argumentJournal of Memory and Language, 64(2), 133-152. (10.1016/j.jml.2010.10.002)

Harris, A. J. L. and Corner, A. J. (2011). Communicating environmental risks: Clarifying the severity effect in interpretations of verbal probability expressionsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37(6), 1571-1578. (10.1037/a0024195)

Whitmarsh, L. E., Corner, A. J. and Xenias, D. (2011). Responding to Climate Change Information: Biased Assimilation and Identity Protection. Presented at: 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 26-28 September 2011.

2010

Corner, A. J., Crompton, T., Davidson, S., Hawkins, R., Kasser, T., Lertzmann, R., Lipman, P., Lorenzoni, I., Marshall, G., Mundy, C., O'Neil, S., Pidgeon, N. F., Rabinovich, A. and Whitmarsh, L. E. (2010). Communicating climate change to mass public audiences. Working Paper. Climate Outreach and Information Network.

Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2010). Message Framing, Normative Advocacy and Persuasive SuccessArgumentation, 24(2), 153-163. (10.1007/s10503-009-9159-6)

Pidgeon, N. F. and Corner, A. J. (2010). Geoengineering the climate – the social and ethical implicationsEnvironment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 52(1), 24-37. (10.1080/00139150903479563)

2009

Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2009). Evaluating science arguments: Evidence, uncertainty, and argument strengthJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15(3), 199-212. (10.1037/a0016533)

Hahn, U., Harris, A. J. L. and Corner, A. J. (2009). Argument Content and Argument Source: An ExplorationInformal Logic, 29(4), 337-367.

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2009). Estimating the probability of negative eventsCognition, 110(1), 51-64. (10.1016/j.cognition.2008.10.006)

Full list of publications

2014

Corner, A. J. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Like artificial trees? The effect of framing by natural analogy on public perceptions of geoengineeringClimatic Change (10.1007/s10584-014-1148-6) pdf

Corner, A. J., Markowitz, E. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Public engagement with climate change: the role of human valuesWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, n/a. (10.1002/wcc.269) pdf

Corner, A. J., Capstick, S. B. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2014). Public perceptions of ocean acidification summary findings of two nationally representative surveys of the British public, october 2014. Working Paper. Cardiff University . pdf

Groves, C. and Corner, A. J. (2014). Breaking the climate change communication deadlockNature, 4, 743-745. (10.1038/nclimate2348)

Xenias, D., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Corner, A. J. (2014). Deconstructing scepticism towards climate change. Presented at: 17th EASP General Meeting , Amsterdam, Netherlands , 9-12 July 2014.

2013

Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Pidgeon, N. F. and Vaughan, N. E. (2013). Messing with nature? Exploring public perceptions of geoengineering in the UKGlobal Environmental Change, 23(5), 938-947. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.06.002) pdf

Evans, L., Maio, G. R., Corner, A. J., Hodgetts, C. J., Ahmed, S. and Hahn, U. (2013). Self-Interest and pro-environmental behaviour [Letter]Nature Climate Change, 3(2), 122-125. (10.1038/nclimate1662)

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2013). James is polite and punctual (and useless): a Bayesian formalisation of faint praiseThinking & Reasoning, 19(3-4), 414-429. (10.1080/13546783.2013.801367) pdf

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J., Xu, J. and Du, X. (2013). Lost in translation? Interpretations of the probability phrases used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in China and the UKClimatic Change, 121(2), 415-425. (10.1007/s10584-013-0975-1) pdf

Parkhill, K., Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J. and Vaughan, N. (2013). Deliberation and responsible innovation: a geoengineering case study. In: Owen, R., Bessant, J. and Heintz, M. eds. Responsible Innovation:Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society. London: Wiley, pp. 219-240.

Pidgeon, N. F., Parkhill, K., Corner, A. J. and Vaughan, N. (2013). Deliberating stratospheric aerosols for climate geoengineering and the SPICE projectNature Climate Change, 3, 451-457. (10.1038/NCLIMATE1807) pdf

Xenias, D., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Corner, A. J. (2013). Climate change scepticism: A psychological defence against threatening information?. Presented at: 10th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Magdeburg, Germany, 22- 25 September 2013.

2012

Corner, A. J. (2012). Evaluating arguments about climate change. In: Khine, M. ed. Perspectives on Scientific Argumentation: Theory, Practice and Research. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 201-220. (10.1007/978-94-007-2470-9_10)

Corner, A. J. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2012). Nanotechnologies and upstream public engagement: dilemmas, debates and prospects?. In: Herr Harthorn, B. and Mohr, J. eds. The Social Life of Nanotechnology, Vol 18. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge,

Corner, A. J., Pidgeon, N. F. and Parkhill, K. (2012). Perceptions of geoengineering: Public attitudes, stakeholder perspectives & the challenge of 'upstream' engagementWIRES Climage Change, 3(5), 451-466. (10.1002/wcc.176)

Corner, A. J. (2012). Psychology: Science literacy and climate viewNature Climate Change, 2(10), 710-711. (10.1038/nclimate1700)

Corner, A. J., Whitmarsh, L. E. and Xenias, D. (2012). Uncertainty, scepticism and attitudes towards climate change: biased assimilation and attitude polarisationClimatic Change, 114(3-4), 463-478. (10.1007/s10584-012-0424-6) pdf

Pidgeon, N. F., Corner, A. J., Parkhill, K., Spence, A. A., Butler, C. and Poortinga, W. (2012). Exploring early public responses to geoengineeringPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 370(1974), 4176-4196. (10.1098/rsta.2012.0099 )

2011

Corner, A., Parkhill, K. and Pidgeon, N. (2011). 'Experiment Earth?' Reflections on a public dialogue on geoengineering. Working Paper. Cardiff: School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Available at: http://www.iagp.ac.uk/publications/‘experiment-earth’-reflections-public-dialogue-geoengineering

Corner, A. J. (2011). A country with no time for climate change scepticismNew Scientist, 209(2801), 26-27.

Corner, A. J., Venables, D., Spence, A., Poortinga, W., Demski, C. C. and Pidgeon, N. F. (2011). Nuclear power, climate change and energy security: Exploring British public attitudesEnergy Policy, 39(9), 4823-4833. (10.1016/j.enpol.2011.06.037)

Corner, A. J. and Randall, A. (2011). Selling climate change? The limitations of social marketing as a strategy for climate change public engagementGlobal Environmental Change, 21(3), 1005-1014. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.05.002)

Corner, A. J., Hahn, U. and Oaksford, M. (2011). The psychological mechanism of the slippery slope argumentJournal of Memory and Language, 64(2), 133-152. (10.1016/j.jml.2010.10.002)

Harris, A. J. L. and Corner, A. J. (2011). Communicating environmental risks: Clarifying the severity effect in interpretations of verbal probability expressionsJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 37(6), 1571-1578. (10.1037/a0024195)

Whitmarsh, L. E., Corner, A. J. and Xenias, D. (2011). Responding to Climate Change Information: Biased Assimilation and Identity Protection. Presented at: 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 26-28 September 2011.

2010

Corner, A. J., Crompton, T., Davidson, S., Hawkins, R., Kasser, T., Lertzmann, R., Lipman, P., Lorenzoni, I., Marshall, G., Mundy, C., O'Neil, S., Pidgeon, N. F., Rabinovich, A. and Whitmarsh, L. E. (2010). Communicating climate change to mass public audiences. Working Paper. Climate Outreach and Information Network.

Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2010). Message Framing, Normative Advocacy and Persuasive SuccessArgumentation, 24(2), 153-163. (10.1007/s10503-009-9159-6)

Pidgeon, N. F. and Corner, A. J. (2010). Geoengineering the climate – the social and ethical implicationsEnvironment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 52(1), 24-37. (10.1080/00139150903479563)

2009

Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2009). Evaluating science arguments: Evidence, uncertainty, and argument strengthJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15(3), 199-212. (10.1037/a0016533)

Hahn, U., Harris, A. J. L. and Corner, A. J. (2009). Argument Content and Argument Source: An ExplorationInformal Logic, 29(4), 337-367.

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2009). Estimating the probability of negative eventsCognition, 110(1), 51-64. (10.1016/j.cognition.2008.10.006)

2007

Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2007). Evaluating the Meta-Slope: Is there a Slippery Slope Argument against Slippery Slope Arguments?Argumentation, 21(4), 349-359. (10.1007/s10503-007-9047-x)

Harris, A. J. L., Corner, A. J. and Hahn, U. (2007). Estimating the probability of negative events. Presented at: European Cognitive Science Conference 2007 (EuroCogSci07), Delphi, Greece, 23-27 May 2007.

Media activities

I write regularly for the Guardian about public attitudes to climate change, the challenges of promoting sustainable behaviour, and public engagement with geoengineering technologies. I also contribute to the New Scientist, the Times Higher Education magazine and have written for the Ecologist.

Please click here or the logo opposite to view my Guardian profile.

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Research topics and related papers

My research looks at how people evaluate arguments and evidence, the communication of climate change, and the public understanding of emerging areas of science such as nanotechnology and geoengineering.

I am very interested in the application of psychological and social scientific research to practical questions such as the effective communication of climate change, and the psychological barriers to engaging in pro-environmental behaviours.

I provide research consultancy to the Climate Outreach and Information Network, and I write about communicating climate change for The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/adam-corner), and other publications.

I have a significant amount of media experience including live and pre-recorded TV work (e.g. The Review Show on BBC 2), live radio debates and press conferences.

Research group

Catherine Butler
Nick Pidgeon
Karen Parkhill 
Dimitrios Xenias
Lorraine Whitmarsh

Research collaborators

Ulrike Hahn
Adam Harris  
Nick Pidgeon
Dimitrios Xenias
Lorraine Whitmarsh