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April 30, 2016

Polarization May Cause Climate Communication to Backfire

Apr. 27, 2016 — Political polarization may cause communication about climate change to backfire, a new study finds. Even efforts that frame climate change around seemingly win-win issues such as economic growth or ... read more

Framing Discourse Around Conservative Values Shifts Climate Change Attitudes

Apr. 25, 2016 — Conservatives' attitudes toward climate change and other environmental concerns shift when the issues are reframed in terms more closely aligned with their values, a new study ... read more

A Winning Face Depends on the Culture of the Voter

Apr. 21, 2016 — A recent social psychology study shines a light on how cultural differences affect what voters judge and value most in the facial appearance of potential ... read more

US National Security Decision-Making Processes Need Trimming

Apr. 5, 2016 — A leaner, more-focused national security decision-making system can help the United States succeed in a period of tumultuous change, according to a new report. Increasing the effectiveness and ... read more

Did Public Opinion of Immigration Take a Negative Turn During the Recession?

Apr. 1, 2016 — Increasingly popularity of right-wing political parties has not been because of an increase in anti-immigrant sentiment, suggests a new ... read more

State-Level Public Corruption Affects Firm Value, Transparency

Mar. 31, 2016 — Firms have significantly lower value and informational transparency when located in areas that are more corrupt, new research indicates. Using the Department of Justice's data on ... read more

Divided Parties Rarely Win Presidential Elections, Study Finds

Mar. 17, 2016 — New research shows that a divided party could mean a difference of 4 to 5 percent of the vote in the general election -- enough to have a significant impact on the ... read more

UK's Anti-Lobbying Clause Risks Jeopardizing Public Health, Warn Experts

Mar. 15, 2016 — A move by the UK government to stop lobbying by tax funded bodies could have a serious impact on public health, warn leading researchers in a new ... read more

Everyone Sees the World Through Their Own Prism

Mar. 8, 2016 — How can public opinion be influenced in favor of climate protection? A political scientist explored the question in a recent study. His sobering answer is that there is no magic ... read more

How to Predict the US Presidential Election Winner -- It’s All in the Face

Mar. 1, 2016 — Could the facial appearance of candidates impact the US presidential election? Is there a difference between older and younger voters when it comes to finding a candidate’s face trustworthy and ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — In the midst of the 2016 presidential election season, headlines often tell the story of a polarized political climate in America. However, a recent national survey has found overwhelming bipartisan ... read more

Conservatives Prefer Using Nouns, New Research Finds

Feb. 24, 2016 — Conservatives prefer using nouns, new transatlantic research suggests. The research also established that conservatives generally, to a greater degree than liberals, tend to refer to things by their ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — A new study examining the impact of a series of gender quotas passed by Mexico to ensure equal representation in government shows no drop in the qualifications of women in office after two election ... read more

Nonverbal Behavior May Overshadow Substance in Presidential Debates

Feb. 19, 2016 — Fair warning to presidential candidates participating in upcoming presidential debates: your inappropriate nonverbal behavior is noticed, and it could overshadow the substance of what you ... read more

Participatory Governance in Planning Processes: How Do Public Administrations Learn?

Feb. 18, 2016 — The necessity of strong public participation in planning processes of public authorities has been generally recognized in recent years. It is an area in which public authorities are still undergoing ... read more

Reverse US Funding Freeze on Research Into Gun Violence, Say Experts

Feb. 11, 2016 — A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Conservation efforts are designed to restrict activities in protected areas, but the restrictions can have unintended consequences. A researcher examined the results of a multi-million dollar ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity, according to Stanford experts and California Governor Jerry Brown, who were on ... read more

Survey: Most Americans Support Smart Guns

Jan. 21, 2016 — Nearly 60 percent of Americans, if they buy a new handgun, are willing to purchase a smart or childproof gun – a weapon that is only operable in the hands of an authorized user – new research ... read more

UK's Political Center Ground Could Be Further to the Left Than Thought, Research Suggests

Jan. 14, 2016 — The center ground of British politics could be further to the left than we think, according to new research. For example, diehard Conservative supporters locate their party at 7.82 on the left-right ... read more

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