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The roots of why some people care about politics and others do not

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Why some people value political engagement and even find pleasure in engaging with politics while others hardly bother about the political domain, is a crucial question for the functioning of democratic societies. In a yet unpublished manuscript, I investigate the nonpolitical origins of political engagement in early childhood experiences [...] I show that children growing up in need-supportive families report more interest in politics and engage more frequently in political discussions decades later in life."

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Greetings from the Early Career Committee ECC!

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Our annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas is fast approaching, and we look forward to welcoming our fellow Early Career Scholars. This year, the ECC has been working very hard to organize exciting events at this year’s annual meeting and I would like to take the time to tell you about these events."

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The Enduring Effect of Scientific Interest on Trust in Climate Scientists in the US

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Most Americans think that climate scientists ought to play a role in making policy decisions about the environment. But a substantial number doubt that they can trust climate scientists and the research they produce... In a letter recently published at Nature Climate Change, I investigate the effect of young adults’ (aged 12-14) interest in scientific issues (“science interest”) on trust in climate scientists, when they become older. Analyzing longtudinal survey data from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY), I find that people who are highly interested in science at young ages tend to be more trusting of climate scientists in adulthood."

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President’s Message Spring 2018

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Our 41st Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, Texas is approaching fast! Program chairs Bethany Albertson and Frank Asbrock along with the section chairs have put together a diverse and inspiring program..."

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Still Questioning Political Cynicism

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Nowadays, it truly seems that the number one reply on any question concerning politics is a cynical one. Politicians are painted as dishonest, self-interested and incompetent actors in a system, that in itself, is not able to do what is best for its citizens [...] Based on online surveys, structural equation modeling and regression analyses, my findings show that the potential consequences of widespread cynicism are overstated. [...] My research shows a citizenry that, although cynical to a certain degree, is at the same time still politically active. Cynicism is not the threat to political participation many make it out to be. "

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Executive Director’s Corner Spring 2018

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"As you are aware, registration for our 2018 Annual Meeting is open. If you submitted a proposal that was accepted for presentation (paper, poster, panel, roundtable), please make certain that you register by the 8 April 2018 deadline to remain on the program. Regardless of whether or not you are presenting, we hope you will join us – as the seventh-largest city in the U.S., San Antonio has plenty to see and do..."

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Small Grant Awardees (2018)

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"In 2008, the ISPP Governing Council decided to use a portion of the income from ISPP investment funds for small grants that further the goals of the ISPP. The purpose of these modest grants was to “strengthen our organization and promote excellence in political psychology... The 2017- 2018 Allocations Committee is proud to present this year's winners."

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Demographic and Socialization Effects on Civic Engagement in Ethnically Diverse Parisian Adolescents

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"France is officially colorblind. The census, by law, cannot collect information about race or ethnicity. A general perception exists that race/ethnicity only matter to racists. People don’t talk about race ... One of the great questions of this study, then, is whether ethnic differences in civic engagement do exist in France... Our final study used data collected by our research team approximately ten years ago, in a study on French high school students, to explore this question in the French cultural context."

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