How Parents Evaluate Evidence About Vaccine Safety

PARENTS: Please note that this study is not being conducted by the UCLA Lab School. The researchers are recruiting parents from several local schools including ours. Recruitment materials are being sent home with students. Parents may sign and return these forms or contact researchers directly if they wish to participate.
This study seeks to understand how people decide what to believe, including what evidence they consider, what evidence they accept and reject, and their reasons for accepting or rejecting any particular evidence. In videotaped interviews, parents will be asked about the decisions they have made about vaccinating their children, including their beliefs, the evidence they have considered, and how they have evaluated that evidence. This study is being conducted by Colin Doty, a PhD Candidate in the Dept. of Information Studies ( or (310) 562-2696.)