We are a social science research group using experimental methods
to address questions about political attitudes, beliefs, and
behavior. Our members have diverse substantive interests across
several fields in political science. To learn more about our
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We strongly believe that science thrives when it is
collaborative and open. As much of our replication materials as
possible will be made available on our GitHub page.
We are currently working on a project related to political
attitudes, information, and immigration. This preregistered study
examines how the impact of corrective information on beliefs and
attitudes is moderated by media choice. In our survey experiment,
participants are asked to read a news article published by Fox
News or MSNBC, each highlighting the positive economic impact of
legal immigration in the United States. While the news content is
held constant across sources, our treatment manipulates whether
participants are allowed to freely choose a media outlet or are
randomly assigned to one of them. Our results illustrate how
people’s media choice moderates the effectiveness of corrective
information: While factual misperceptions are easily corrected
regardless of how people gained access to the information,
subsequent opinion change is conditional on people’s prior
willingness to seek out alternative sources. As such, encouraging
people to broaden their media diet may be more effective to combat
misinformation than disseminating fact-checks alone. We presented
this study as part of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the International
Society of Political Psychology.
More updates on our research will be coming soon. Visit our research
page for more information about our collaborative research,
as well as recent work by our members.