Mar
19
Richard Grucza, PhD, MPE, WUSM
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Mar
20
Peter Millar
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 12:00 pm
Mar
20
Jenny Gutsell - Brandeis University
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Mar
22
Political Science Speaker Series, Antoine Banks, University of Maryland
Seigle Hall, Room 248 @ 2:30 pm
Mar
25
Roger Ratcliff, Ph.D. Department of Psychology The Ohio State University
Wilson 214 @ 4:00 pm
November 8, 2018

WashU Expert: Voter turnout differs with anger vs. disgust

With an estimated $8.5 billion spent on political ads for the 2018 midterm elections, many Americans relished the arrival of election day simply because it meant an end to the torturous and emotionally exhausting barrage of political attack ads and news coverage.

While advertising and campaign rhetoric are intended to get voters to the polls, ongoing social and political psychology research suggests that emotions such as anger, fear, disgust and disillusionment can have dramatically different effects on voter apathy and turnout, said Alan Lambert, professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.