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A Reason for Optimism: Proof That Your Vote Counts

By Rebecca Flores More laws that regulate what you eat, drive, and breathe are passed at the state level than the federal level. Do you know your state legislators? If you are anything like most people, you may know your federal representatives but not your state officials. I decided to research how people vote in state-level elections to see if […]

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Motivated Reasoning and Science in Politics

What we feel actually changes what we see. There’s a whole branch of psychology that investigates this phenomena, and it has serious implications on science, and how science is used in policy and politics. It’s called “motivated reasoning,” and you’re probably already familiar with one version of it. Back in the 1950s, a few psychologists decided to use football as […]

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