It is by now well known that political attitudes can be affected by emotions. Most earlier studies have focused on emotions generated by some political event (e.g., terrorism or increased immigration). However, the methods used in previous efforts have made it difficult to untangle the various causal pathways that might link emotions to political beliefs.… (More)
1 Course Description This course is the undergraduate Introduction to Political Psychology. No background in political science or psychology is required, though those that do have experience in these areas are, of course, welcome and appreciated. The goal of the course is to introduce you to some of the major topics and questions in Political Psychology,… (More)
and the UCSD Behavioral International Relations workshop organizers, especially David Victor, for their thoughtful comments on previous versions of this paper.
1 Course Description This course will introduce you to the various ways in which political scientists study political phenomena. We will consider a variety of research methods, including historical case study research, field research, quantitative analysis, survey research, experimental techniques, and more. Whatever the research method, one of the central… (More)
1 Course Description This course analyzes processes of decision-making in the context of national and international security. The substantive focus is primarily on foreign policy decisions, often in crisis situations. The class is divided into two parts. In Part I, we will cover a range of theoretical explanations and frameworks for understanding… (More)
When do states defend their reputations? States sometimes pay heavy costs to protect their reputations, but other times willingly take actions that could tarnish them. What accounts for the difference? This paper investigates the sources of reputation-building in the context of coercive diplomacy. It argues that fears about the future drive… (More)
1 Course Description This is a graduate course on psychological approaches to International Relations (IR). This course does not require a background in psychology or political psychology, though those that have it are, of course, welcome. The course is designed around substantive topic areas (e.g. trust, reputation, personality, emotions) which we will… (More)
Welcome to the next issue of the Experimental Political Scientist. Leading off are discussions of experimental " technologies " and associated research programs: mTurk for recruiting subjects throughout the world and a platform for decision process tracing. Next our colleagues take on a discussion of the role behavioral game experiments that arose from a… (More)