Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Research Roundup

It's a Friday, meaning it's time to take a quick look at the research out there on the media, political knowledge, or related topics.  Why? Because it's what I do.
  • A new Dutch study (abstract only) explores what factors predict political cynicism for youths.  Being generally cynical is the biggest predictor, rather obvious, but of importance here is that a lack of political knowledge also predicts cynicism.
  • I just came across this one, which finds attractive people are perceived as being more politically knowledgeable "even after accounting for their levels of factual knowledge."
  • In the knowledge gap tradition, this paper tests whether this mostly U.S. concept works in Norway.
  • Keeping to the international, this study finds that human interest and conflict are frames that are more accessible and thus lead to greater knowledge.

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