Abstract: On the Internet, laypeople can access a great variety of scientific information. To benefit from the wealth of information, laypeople need to select information, integrate information within and across documents, and critically judge the validity of competing knowledge claims. Based on the findings of two projects involved in the Special Priority Program 1409 ‘Science and the General Public’, we demonstrate how laypeople master these affordances. We further identify cognitive and motivational resources laypeople can draw on when dealing with scientific information from the Internet. While adult laypeople already possess various competencies in dealing with scientific information, our findings also suggest a need for intervention to further develop the relevant competencies.
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