Most of my research focuses on the ways in which individuals think about politics and process political information, with media as a major source thereof. The main question driving my work is whether or not rational people treat political information in a rational manner? In my investigation I focus on the motivations shaping information selection and information processing and study this question among adults and children in many aspect of political life. As a behavioral political scientist, I am primarily interested in the influence of (ir)rationality on various political processes.
The new flow of news flow
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It seems that unfriending someone for political reasons became the new trendy 'thing'. Nicholas John and myself ask what are the motivations for political unfriending? To understand political unfirending we opted for a longitudinal study that focuses on times of political tension such as violent conflicts and elections.
The effects of political violence on children in conflict areas
This is a panel study, now in its sixth year, and is focused on the effect of political violence in real life and in the media on children’s well being. The fourth wave of data collection will be undertaken within the next year, with two main purposes: (a) to test whether chronic exposure to political violence leaves a mark on physiological indicators; and (b) as two thirds of our sample have now reached the voting age, to explore how attitudes about war and peace, nationality, and stereotypes about the enemy have, over the years, matured into a political ideology.
L. Rowell Huesmann
Selective exposure and polarization in the Internet age
Many scholars have suggested that individuals have an irrational preference for political information which aligns with their own views. Building on this assumption, we study the mechanisms through which this bias polarizes political attitudes and behaviors. We identify two polarizing processes, one normative and the other informative. We identify the psychological factors affecting preference for like-minded political information; why such preferences affect political participation; and apply network analysis to the web-browsing data, testing if psycho-political attitudes have an effect on the network structure. We also address methodological issues, comparing two methods of data collection – self- reports and technological tools developed in the project.