Miss underestimatedHow polls undercount centrists, not populists The polling error in the French election was bigger than in the Brexit referendum Print edition | Europe May 13th 2017 MARINE LE PEN trailed Emmanuel Macron in run-off polls by around 20 percentage points for the entire campaign. Nonetheless, punters and pundits, humbled by populist surprises in … Continue reading Shy voters?
Why It’s So Hard to Admit You’re Wrong By KRISTIN WONGMAY 22, 2017 Paul Rogers Despite your best intentions and efforts, it is inevitable: At some point in your life, you will be wrong. Mistakes can be hard to digest, so sometimes we double down rather than face them. Our confirmation bias kicks in, causing … Continue reading Feeling powerful may be an attractive short-term benefit, but there are long-term consequences
Jonathan Haidt, PhD (New York University) delivered the 2016 American Psychological Association's keynote address: "What Is Happening to Our Country? How Psychology Can Respond to Political Polarization, Incivility and Intolerance".
Britain's young people are getting back into politics at last James Hart, Nottingham Trent University Every time a British election rolls around, it elicits a wave of hand-wringing editorials about young voters’ poor turnout at the polls relative to older people. But this year, there are signs things could be different. The 2016 EU referendum … Continue reading Britain youth have more power over their leaders than they might think.
Ivar Hannikainen was kind enough to approach me regarding his newly published paper on JESP (congratulations!). In it he shows how: [...] exposure to scientific explanations for patterns in human behaviour challenges the notion of personal autonomy and, in turn, undermines libertarian arguments against state paternalism appealing to autonomy and personal choice. Abstract: The proper limit … Continue reading The Joys of Human Choice. How Scientific Explanations Undermines Libertarian Arguments
http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/04/advertising.aspx Tired of political ads? The positive ones with unfurling flags and smiling children? The negative ones with grainy images of opponents? Well, gird yourself. Campaigns will spend upward of $3 billion on broadcast television ads for the 2012 presidential, congressional and gubernatorial elections, a record-breaking amount, according to Moody’s Investment Services. With this much … Continue reading The science of political advertising
System Justification: Why People Buy Into Social Inequality Why do we support social systems that can work against our interests? Theorists and laypeople often assume that voting behaviour is “rational”, whereby people direct their vote toward the candidate that helps (vs. hinders) their own self or group interests. Jost and colleagues (2003) suggested that this … Continue reading The Interplay of Domination. System Justification or oppressed beating the oppressed