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This just in: Emotional news stories can shape our policy preferences
Posted: June 22, 2015
New research out of the University of Zürich suggests that the emotions raised by news stories can impact our policy preferences. When the news makes us angry, we prefer punitive policies, but we support remedial policies when we’re sad. To explore the connection between news and policy, researchers Rinaldo Kühne and Christian Schemer from the University of Zürich in Switzerland conducted a series of experiments using 71 undergraduates at a European university. Their results were published in a 2015 issue of the journal Communication Research. For the study, the students read one of two articles about a traffic accident which…
Stopping Phony Science With A Big Dose Of The Truth
Posted: February 6, 2015
The current measles crisis refects a failure of many scientists, and their communications specialists, to publicly voice the truth.
Lifting People Out of Poverty Is Tough Enough. The Wrong Words Make It Harder.
Posted: November 24, 2014
Poverty is nuanced and complicated enough. So when trying to help people out of it, let's remember to use the right words.