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The Research on Individuals, Politics, & Society Lab offers faculty and graduate students the opportunity to engage in systematic studies of individual-level decision-making in politics and society. Faculty and graduate students actively collaborate in survey-based and experimental studies on public opinion, racial attitudes, voting behavior, and other topics. Graduate students have also designed and implemented their own studies using the lab's resources.

 

Studies from the 2012-2013 Academic Year examined:

  • The role of issue framing on attitudes and policy related to human trafficking
  • How threats to group inclusion affect public opinion
  • The effect of framing on attitudes towards LGBT policies on a college campus
  • How polarization affects willingness to share and consume political information via social media
  • The effects of trust in one's community and the police on vigilante justice
  • Differences in modes of study on key moderating effects in survey responses

Studies from the 2011-2012 Academic Year examined:

  • Implicit attitudes towards obesity
  • The effect of eligibility on support for conditional cash transfer programs
  • The effect of group agreement and disagreement on political attitudes
  • Control of reported attitudes towards immigration
  • How language affects candidate evaluations and information processing
  • Differences in modes of study on survey responses

Studies from the 2010-2011 Academic Year examined:

  • Risk attitudes and political participation
  • The effect of framing on public opinion
  • Implicit attitudes towards mental illness
  • Attitudes towards democracy
  • The effect of the number of candidates on turnout and satisfaction with elections
  • Participation decisions over time
  • Social cues and political participation
  • The effect of personal space on attitudes towards personal freedoms

Studies from the 2009-2010 Academic Year examined:

  • The impact of terrorism on political tolerance
  • Emotion and risky decision-making
  • Effects of question wording on trust in government
  • The effect of media violence on public support for war
  • Implicit attitudes towards racial and ethnic groups
  • Subliminal priming and candidate choice
  • The effect of discredited information on public opinion

Click here for a list of research articles based on RIPS data.

 

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303 Commons Center

 

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