BMF CP34: The complex relationships between climate change benefits, knowledge, emotion, and support for ocean protection


March 16, 2023

1. Project description

1.1. Main objectives

The current study has four objectives, which are to:

  1. Examine the relationship between perceived marine and coastal benefits for climate change reduction and people’s support for ocean protection.
  2. Examine the moderation effect of climate change knowledge on the association.
  3. Examine the moderation effect of emotion toward climate change on the association.
  4. Examine whether a three-way interaction exists between the perceived marine and coastal benefits for climate change reduction, climate change knowledge, and emotion toward climate change.

1.2. Materials

The mindsponge theory will be used for conceptual development, and Bayesian Mindsponge Framework (BMF) analytics will be used for statistical analysis on a dataset of 709 people from 42 countries [1-3]. The bayesvl R package, aided by the Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm, will be employed for statistical analyses [4-6]. For more information on BMF analytics, portal users can refer to the following book [7]. Data and code snippets of this initial analysis were deposited at:

1.3. Main findings

The analysis shows that perceived marine and coastal benefits for climate change reduction are positively associated with people’s support for ocean protection. Moreover, the association is moderated by both the climate change knowledge and emotion toward climate change (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. Coefficients’ distributions of the predictors.

2. Collaboration procedure

Portal users should follow these steps for registering to participate in this research project:

  1. Create an account on the website (preferably using an institutional email).
  2. Comment your name, affiliation, and your desired role in the project below this post.
  3. Patiently wait for the formal agreement on the project from the AISDL mentor.

If you have further inquiries, please contact us at

If you have been invited to join the project by an AISDL member, you are still encouraged to follow the above formal steps.

All the resources for conducting and writing the research manuscript will be distributed upon project participation.

AISDL mentor for this project: Minh-Hoang Nguyen.

AISDL members who have joined this project: Viet-Phuong La, Tam-Tri Le, Quan-Hoang Vuong.

The research project strictly adheres to scientific integrity standards, including authorship rights and obligations [8], without incurring an economic burden at participants’ expenses [9].


[1] Nguyen MH, La VP, Le TT, Vuong QH. (2022). Introduction to Bayesian Mindsponge Framework analytics: An innovative method for social and psychological research. MethodsX, 9, 101808.

[2] Vuong QH. (2023). Mindsponge Theory. De Gruyter.

[3] Fonseca C, et al. (2023). Survey data of public awareness on climate change and the value of marine and coastal ecosystems. Data in Brief, 47, 108924.

[4] Van Huu N, Hoang VQ, Ngoc TM. (2005). Central Limit Theorem for Functional of Jump Markov Processes. Vietnam Journal of Mathematics, 33(4), 443-461.

[5] Van Huu N, Hoang VQ. (2007). On the martingale representation theorem and on approximate hedging a contingent claim in the minimum deviation square criterion. In: R Jeltsch, TT Li, IH Sloan (Eds). Some Topics in Industrial and Applied Mathematics (pp. 134-151). Singapore: World Scientific.

[6] La VP, Vuong QH. (2019). bayesvl: Visually Learning the Graphical Structure of Bayesian Networks and Performing MCMC with ‘Stan’. The Comprehensive R Archive Network.

[7] Vuong QH, Nguyen MH, La VP. (2022). The mindsponge and BMF analytics for innovative thinking in social sciences and humanities. De Gruyter.

[8] Vuong QH. (2018). The (ir)rational consideration of the cost of science in transition economies. Nature Human Behaviour, 2, 5.

[9] Vuong QH. (2020). Reform retractions to make them more transparent. Nature, 582, 149.

tags:   climate change