Research Featured in New York Times

January 04, 2020

Daunting as the problem may be, millions of people still don’t accept the premise of its existence: Depending on how you ask, only about half to two-thirds of Americans believe that climate change is caused by humans, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Research Featured in the LA Times

December 17, 2019

“If climate scientists are not seen as dedicated to providing reliable information in as neutral a way as possible, that could erode support,” Caldeira said.


Indeed, a 2018 survey found that the March for Science had a polarizing effect on people’s opinions of scientists, increasing positive attitudes among liberals and negative attitudes among conservatives.

Will Oklahomans Support Medicaid Expansion? We Need More Polling

November 26, 2019

Op-ed in Tulsa World about the state of Medicare Expansion public opinion polling in Oklahoma (including original analysis of CCES data).

Interview with KJRH (NBC) About Special Election Turnout

November 12, 2019

I discuss expected turnout and results of Tulsa's special election on the Improve Our Tulsa ballot initiative.

Interview with KOCO (ABC) about Impeachment Inquiry & 2020 Election

November 05, 2019

Discussion about the impeachment inquiry into Pres. Trump, and what to expect in the 2020 House & Senate races in Oklahoma. 

Conspiracy theories and fear of needles contribute to vaccine hesitancy for many parents

August 01, 2019

Discussion of our Social Science and Medicine article on the psychological correlates of parental vaccine delay behavior, and the challenges that this presents for science communication.

Research Featured in The Upshot (NYT)

July 23, 2019

Research published in Social Science and Medicine cited as evidence of the Dunning Kruger effect in public health, and a challenge for science communication efforts to combat anti-vaccine misinformation. 

Research Features by PreventionWeb (United Nation Office of Disaster Risk Reduction)

July 17, 2019

Article published at Behavioural Public Policy featured on the United Nation's Office of Disaster Risk Reduction's PreventionWeb news site.

Interview with WNHN on Earthquake Disaster Policy

July 17, 2019

"We speak to Matt Motta, Professor at Oklahoma State University, about how to convince people to pay attention to real risks that they will likely face. Using earthquakes as an example, our guest explains how some folks do not have sufficient information about potential risks, while other people avoid thinking about the problem. Either way, the likely victims don’t take any action to protect themselves from risks."

Americans focus on responding to earthquake damage, not preventing it, because they're unaware of their risk

July 16, 2019

Summary of our work, published at Behavioural Public Policy, in the aftermath of two major earthquakes in southern California. 

Interview with Earther about Earthquake Risk

July 11, 2019

From the article:


“People like it when politicians respond to disasters,” Motta said. “But we don’t care nearly as much about the preventative side. I think what we observed last week in Southern California should be a wake-up call.”

Do most Americans believe in climate change? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

June 05, 2019

Monkey Cage piece about how question design influences the measurement of public climate change beliefs. (With: Dom Stecula, Dan Champan, & Kathryn Haglin).

Interview with Earther (Gizmodo) on Climate Change Opinion

May 21, 2019

Interview with Earther about The Guardian's new editorial style recommendations regarding how journalists refer to climate change, and how "crisis" language might disengage skeptical audiences. 

Research on Climate Change Opinion Featured at Axios

May 17, 2019

""New research out this week on climate-change polling and an interview with a Republican lawmaker have underscored the importance of words when it comes to such a complicated and divisive topic.

What they found: Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center say the proportion of Americans who think climate change is driven by human activity ranges from 50%–71%, all simply based on how you ask the question."

Interview with ABC's "The Signal" Podcast

April 01, 2019

Interview with ABC (AUS) The Signal podcast about the pervasiveness, causes, and policy consequences of anti-vaccine attitudes in the U.S. 

Many Americans think that climate-change deniers ‘get what they deserve’ when disasters strike

January 24, 2019

Monkey Cage post about "victim blaming" and negative partisanship. With Steven Webster.

Newsweek Op-Ed on Anti-Vaccine Attitudes

January 21, 2019

A summary of our work at Social Science and Medicine, via The Conversation. (With Tim Callaghan & Steven Sylvester).

Interview with BEME News (CNN-backed YouTube Channel)

January 11, 2019

"Vaccines might be one of the greatest medical accomplishments in history, mitigating deadly diseases such as smallpox, polio, and measles. Then why, in the last two decades, has the anti-vaccine movement gained significant traction? Lou discusses how misinformation and bad “science” can put children all over the world at risk."

Countering misinformation about flu vaccine is harder than it seems

December 06, 2018

With Kathryn Haglin & Dominik Stecula.


"Looking at the latest research, we review the effectiveness of several communication strategies designed to reduce misinformation about the flu – and childhood – vaccines."

Research Featured in FiveThirtyEight's Election Night Coverage

November 06, 2018

Research on the STEM candidates who ran for Congress in 2018 was featured during FiveThirtyEight's election night coverage.

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