Feb
26
Jill Waring, PhD, SLU
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Feb
27
Becca Schwarzlose
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 12:00 pm
Feb
27
Adrienne Fairhall
Erlanger Auditorium, Med Campus @ 4:00 pm
Mar
01
Isidro Landa
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 1:00 pm
Mar
04
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 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.