Krista Loose

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As long as there has been democratic government, skeptics have worried that citizens would base their choices and their votes on superficial considerations. A series of recent studies seems to validate these fears, suggesting that candidates who merely look more capable or attractive perform better in elections. In this article, we examine the underlying(More)
Despite extensive research on voting, there is little evidence connecting turnout to tangible outcomes. Would election results and public policy be different if everyone voted? The adoption of compulsory voting in Australia provides a rare opportunity to address this question. First, I collect two novel data sources to assess the extent of turnout(More)
The fluorescence lifetimes of the estrogens, estrone, 17β-estradiol and 17α-ethinylestradiol, were studied in various solvents. The fluorescence lifetimes of 17β-estradiol and 17α-ethinylestradiol decreased from 4.7 to 0.9 ns as the solvent hydrogen bond accepting ability increased, in good agreement with other phenolic molecules. Estrone's two fluorescence(More)
This article explores belief in political rumors surrounding the health care reforms enacted by Congress in 2010. Refuting rumors with statements from unlikely sources can, under certain circumstances, increase the willingness of citizens to reject rumors regardless of their own political predilections. Such source credibility effects, while well known in(More)
How do elections affect citizens? This paper shows that elections can have an impact in an area where researchers least expect it: an individual’s religious life. It does so by drawing on psychologists’ theory of compensatory control and testing whether individuals’ reported religious behaviors and beliefs fluctuate with their chosen political party’s(More)
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