New paper shows how "conjoint analysis" can tackle hard political issues
Politics is full of surveys purporting to explain why voters act the way they do. But how can we really pinpoint the factors that explain what happens inside the voting booth?
Looks like a winner: Scientists demonstrate how much candidate appearances affect election outcomes
When you vote in an election, your choice is surely not influenced by anything as superficial as a candidate's looks, right?
Government corruption in South Africa contributes to overfishing
Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing - this is shown in a new study. Aksel Sundström, PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, ...
Facebook feelings are contagious, study shows
You can't catch a cold from a friend online. But can you catch a mood? It would seem so, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego.
Scientists call for fundamental governance overhaul to ensure Earth's sustainability
Some 32 social scientists and researchers from around the world, including a Senior Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University, have concluded that fundamental reforms of global environmental governance are needed ...
US top in the world for entrepreneurship, researchers find
The USA is the most entrepreneurial economy in the world, according to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI). The GEDI index combines data on entrepreneurial activities and aspirations ...
Women speak less when they're outnumbered
New experiments in group decision making show that having a seat at the table is very different than having a voice.
Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy
Are members of the public divided about climate change because they don't understand the science behind it? If Americans knew more basic science and were more proficient in technical reasoning, would public consensus match ...
Study: Parenthood makes moms more liberal, dads more conservative
Parenthood is pushing mothers and fathers in opposite directions on political issues associated with social welfare, from health care to education, according to new research from North Carolina State University.
Scientist proposes new polling method based on conjoint analysis
Any analysis of exit polling reveals a welter of numbers whose meaning remains slightly elusive, with issues or candidate characteristics described as "very important," "somewhat important," or "not important at all" by voters. ...
Study finds political ideology impacts decision-making regarding energy-efficient products
PNAS-published poll finds some Christians find their own political beliefs conflict with Jesus' teachings
Caveman instincts still play role in choosing political leaders
(PhysOrg.com) -- When it comes to voter preference, the issues count. But some may pull the handle for a more primal reason: Physical fitness and stature against an opponent.
Why some immigrants get citizenship: Country of origin 'massive disadvantage' for some immigrants, study finds
For immigrants, the path to citizenship in many countries is filled with hurdles: finding a job, learning the language, passing exams. But for some people, the biggest obstacle of all may be one they cannot ...