Should a political party form a coalition? Voters and math decide
Mathematical ideas and tools are often used to describe aspects of large macroscopic systems. Examples abound in areas as varied as finance to psychology. In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on ...
Fielding more female candidates helps political parties gain votes, says study
Political parties find that their fortunes improve when they put more women on the ballot, according to a study co-authored by an MIT economist.
Using Twitter to probe political polarization
We'd like to believe that our opinions are nuanced, balanced, high-minded, wise and above all, unique, but alas they are not—or so says Twitter. Most often, those we engage with on the popular social media ...
Persuasive power: Members of Congress can sway the public
Members of the U.S. Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind national study.
Research shows belief in supernatural punishment, rather than 'big gods' of religion gave rise to complex societies
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?
MRI scans show why politicians' lofty statements can fall on deaf ears
New research published in the Journal of Management confirms that unless political leaders can create a sense of community amongst voters, their inspirational messages are likely to fall on deaf ears.
Liberal or conservative? Reactions to disgust are a dead giveaway
Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative.
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 ...
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.
How Twitter shapes public opinion
How exactly does Twitter, with its 241 million users tweeting out 500 million messages daily, shape public opinion?
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. ...
Squabbling meerkats make better decisions
Conflicting interests within a group can lead to better collective decisions – if you're a social animal such as a meerkat – according to new research by a team of biologists and political scientists ...
Twitter making tweets more 'visual' with overhaul
Twitter said Tuesday it overhauled its user display to make the messaging service "more visual," as it ramps up competition against photo-sharing services like Instagram.