Nov
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@ 12:00 pm
Nov
26
Jan Wessel, Ph.D.- University of Iowa
Wilson 214 @ 4:00 pm
Nov
27
N/A
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Nov
28
Kristin Van Engin group
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 12:00 pm
Nov
30
Lauren Gaunt and Emily Streeper
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 12:00 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.