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Maaike Homan and Chiara Vialli @ Hot Politics Lab

February 18, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

In this Graduate Friday session of the Hot Politics Lab, PhD candidate Maaike Homan (University of Amsterdam) will give a talk titled “Consequences of Emotional Politicians: A Conjoint Experiment”. Afterwards PhD canddiate Chiara Vialli (University of Bern) will give a talk titled “Personality and Political Information Consumption: The Mediating Role of News Use Motives”.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A, and everbody is welcome to join via Zoom: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/96492065253  at 3pm (CET).

Abstract talk by Chiara Vialli: In recent years, research has experienced a heightened interest in how personality drives citizens’ interaction with the political world. Although literature seems to imply that different personality types pursue particular motives when they interact with the political world, most studies simply tested the direct effect of the Big Five and did not empirically verify the processes through which these relationships supposedly occur. By examining the underlying psychological motives that allegedly cause the personality effects, this project aims to fill this gap in research. To do so, it focuses on the specific domain of political information consumption and analyses if different personality types pursue different political news use motives and if so, how these motives affect the total amount of political information consumption. To test the hypotheses, this study collected web-tracking and survey data during the German federal election of 2021 over a period of 8 weeks.