"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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"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..."
"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. "
"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..."
"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."
Demographic and Socialization Effects on Civic Engagement in Ethnically Diverse Parisian Adolescents
"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."
"...scholars have focused either on the psychological underpinnings of far-right, populist voting, or on the repercussions of ethnic diversity for social cohesion and societal trust. Only a few studies have, however, considered these two themes in a single design. These rare studies suggest that populist political parties may perform better in areas with high proportions of (ethnic and cultural) minority members... As such, together with Kristof Dhont (Kent University, United Kingdom), our Belgian lab at Ghent University tested a more comprehensive model of the political consequences of diversity, and a manuscript reporting on these tests is currently in press in Social Psychology..."
"Following our wonderful meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland I assumed the position of Chair of the Early Career Committee (ECC). I would like to thank Shelly McKeown Jones, the ECC Chair for that meeting, for all her hard work and the guidance she provided me. I am now pleased to update the ISPP Membership on our activities since and what we have planned in the coming months..."
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