- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Theoretical Foundations of Political Psychology
- Personality Approaches to Political Behavior
- Childhood and Adult Political Development
- Degrees of Rationality in Politics
- Behavioral Decision-Making
- Emotion and Political Psychology
- Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Political Psychology
- Genetic Foundations of Political Behavior
- Political Rhetoric
- Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
- Perceptions and Image Theory in International Relations
- Threat Perception in International Relations
- Crisis Management
- Personality Profiles of Political Elites
- Psychobiography: “the Child is Father of the man”
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Political Information Processing
- Political Communication: Form and Consequence of the Information Environment
- Political Ideology
- Social Justice
- Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics
- Political Deliberation
- From Group Identity to Political Cohesion and Commitment
- Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action
- Prejudice and Politics
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- Discrimination <i>Conditions, Consequences, and “Cures”</i>
- The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews major advances in our understanding of the ways mass political communication influences citizens’ information processing, reactions to threats and opportunities, issue positions, and vote choice on Election Day. We focus on the conditions under which exposure to political communication leads to attitudinal and behavioral change. Once assumed to be a simple process of exposure and response, the effects of political communication, we now know, are often subtle and dependent on characteristics of the source, the medium, the message, and the motivations and abilities of the viewer. As our understanding of human psychology grows, so does our ability to predict when effects of mass media in the political domain will become large and consequential.
Nicholas A. Valentino (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles) is Professor of Political Science and Communication Studies and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He studies political communication, race and politics, and voting behavior. His current projects include work on the role of economic interests and group identities in shaping immigration opinions in the U.S. and around the world.
Yioryos Nardis is a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on political communication from a comparative perspective. He is currently examining citizen apathy towards European Union integration and the role of the media in fostering engagement in EU politics.
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