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Implicit Associations in the 2008 Presidential Election

Posted on March 24, 2008

Gregory Scott Parks and Jeffrey J. Rachlinski have posted a new paper, “Unconscious Bias in the 2008 Presidential Election,” on SSRN. Here is the abstract: The 2008 presidential campaign and election will be historic. It marks the first time a Black person (Barack Obama) and a woman (Hillary Clinton) have a real chance at winning […]

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The Facial Situation of Presidential Candidates

Posted on May 16, 2012

From InMind (an outstanding article by Dr. Theresa DiDonato from a few years ago): If your citizenship comes with the responsibility – and privilege – of voting, then every few years you face an interesting challenge. Who will you vote for? Whether you choose to support an incumbent, a celebrated war hero, an experienced government […]

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The Situation of Presidential Death Threats

Posted on June 28, 2010

Gregory Scott Parks, and Danielle Heard recently posted their fascinating paper, titled “‘Assassinate the Nigger Ape’: Obama, Implicit Imagery, and the Dire Consequences of Racist Jokes,” on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * In 1994, Congress passed legislation stating that Presidents elected to office after January 1, 1997, would no longer receive lifetime […]

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Racial Attitudes in the Presidential Race

Posted on November 29, 2009

From Project Implicit Blog: An article by Project Implicit researchers published this month in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy reports evidence that both implicit and explicit race attitudes were related to intended vote in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. 1,057 registered voters completed a study conducted at Project Implicit’s research website during the […]

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Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election – Part 4

Posted on December 16, 2008

We’re interested in how you’re feeling after the U.S. Presidential election.  Please answer the following poll questions.  (We will post summary results of this and the three previous polls in January.)

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Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election – Part 3

Posted on November 14, 2008

We’re interested in how you’re feeling after the U.S. Presidential election.  Please answer the following poll questions. [THE POLL QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.  TO TAKE THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE QUESTIONS, CLICK HERE.]

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Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election – Part 2

Posted on November 5, 2008

We’re interested in how you’re feeling after the U.S. Presidential election.  Please answer the following poll questions. [THE POLL QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.  TO TAKE THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE QUESTIONS, CLICK HERE.]

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Posted in Emotions, Politics, Poll, Positive Psychology | 5 Comments »

Introspection, Retrospection, & the 2008 Election

Posted on November 3, 2008

Situationist contributor Tim Wilson and Situationist friend Dan Gilbert have shown that, although we expect the outcomes of presidential elections to significantly influence how happy we feel, the evidence indicates otherwise.  As with most things, our affective forecasting is not to be trusted.  Gilbert summarizes one study this way: Democrats predicted they’d be devastated if […]

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Posted in Emotions, Illusions, Politics, Poll, Positive Psychology, Social Psychology | 2 Comments »

Situational Racism in the Presidential Election

Posted on October 7, 2008

Nicholas Kristoff in Sunday’s New York Times has an interesting op-ed on the possible role of unconscious racism in Senator Barack Obama’s pursuit of the Presidency.  We excerpt the op-ed below. * * * [T]he evidence is that Senator Obama is facing what scholars have dubbed “racism without racists.” The racism is difficult to measure, […]

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Political Psychology in 2008

Posted on August 5, 2008

Sharon Begley has a very interesting article, “How Our Unconscious Votes,” in HealthNewsDigest.com. Here’s an excerpt. * * * Give the democrats of West Virginia points for honesty. As Hillary Clinton romped to a landslide of 67 to 26 percent over Barack Obama in the primary, 20 percent of voters in exit polls said that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Emotions, Ideology, Implicit Associations, Politics | 1 Comment »

Naïve Cynicism in Election 2008: Dispositionism v. Situationism?

Posted on May 5, 2008

This post was originally published on April 23rd. Because the “elitism” card continues to played, we thought it worthwhile to republish this post for those who might have missed it the last time. * * * In case you missed it, the last week and a half have been a bit rough for the golden […]

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Irrelevant Third Options in Presidential Campaigns

Posted on April 4, 2007

In 1992, Itamar Simonson and Amos Tversky demonstrated the effect of “irrelevant third options” in a simple experiment in which subjects were asked to select a microwave oven based on various product features and prices. Most of the subjects given a choice only between a low-priced Emerson and a medium-priced Panasonic preferred the Emerson model. […]

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The Situational Effect of Negativity on Voting

Posted on November 5, 2012

From Forbes: Two studies published this month uncover some of the influences that play on the mind as we approach the voting booth. Think Negative, Think Certain  The first study, published in the British Journal of Social Psychology uncovers the power of negativity in framing political attitudes.  Researchers presented participants with information about two fictional candidates – one […]

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Don Kinder on the Role of Race in the 2012 Election – Today

Posted on November 1, 2012

“He’s Still Black: The Role of Race in the 2012 Presidential Election” With Dr. Don Kinder, University of Michigan Political Science Thursday, Nov. 1, 12 pm Austin North Free Chinese food! In 2008, Americans chose Barack Obama to be the 44th president of the United States. The following morning, The New York Times proclaimed that […]

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Todd Rogers on “The Psychology of the Politics of Politics” – Today!

Posted on October 18, 2012

Mind Sciences & the Election “The Psychology of the Politics of Politics” Dr. Todd Rogers (Kennedy School) Thursday, Oct. 18, 12 p.m. Austin North Free pizza lunch! Dr. Rogers will discuss research on two aspects of the politics of politics.  First, he will share a series of large field experiments (involving hundreds of thousands of […]

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The Situation of Political Yard Signage

Posted on October 2, 2012

For The Conversation, Shannon Callahan wrote an interesting piece on the social psychology of political yard signs.   As the November elections draw nearer, front yards across America are sprouting campaigns signs broadcasting their chosen political candidates. These lawn signs have been a traditional part of politics in the United States for well over 60 years, […]

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The Racial Situation of 2012 Election

Posted on May 8, 2012

From University of Washington Newswire: After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, many proclaimed that the country had entered a post-racial era in which race was no longer an issue. However, a new large-scale study shows that racial attitudes have already played a substantial role in 2012, during the Republican primaries. They may play […]

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The Situation of the Voting Booth

Posted on April 4, 2012

Stanford University Press Release (2008): What would you say influenced your voting decisions in the most recent local or national election? Political preferences? A candidate’s stance on a particular issue? The repercussions of a proposition on your economic well-being? All these “rational” factors influence voting, and peoples’ ability to vote, based on what is best […]

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The Imagined Ideological Divide

Posted on January 29, 2012

From Eureka Alert (regarding research co-authored by Situationist Contributor Peter Ditto): Republicans and Democrats are less divided in their attitudes than popularly believed, according to new research. It is exactly those perceptions of polarization, however, that help drive political engagement, researchers say. “American polarization is largely exaggerated,” says Leaf Van Boven of the University of […]

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Posted in Ideology, Politics, Social Psychology | 5 Comments »

The Informational Situation of Voters

Posted on April 19, 2011

Michele Margolis and Anthony Fowler, have posted their paper, “The Bias of Uninformed Voters,” on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Survey researchers and political pundits bemoan the lack of political information within the American electorate. Not only do Americans fail to meet the democratic ideals of an informed electorate, but this lack of […]

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