Anxiety , Immigration , and the Search for Information

@inproceedings{Gadarian2014AnxietyI,
  title={Anxiety , Immigration , and the Search for Information},
  author={Shana Kushner Gadarian and Bethany L. Albertson},
  year={2014}
}
In this article, we use the issue of immigration to explore the role of anxiety in responses to political appeals. According to previous literature, anxiety motivates citizens to learn and pay more attention to news coverage. Literature in psychology demonstrates that anxiety is associated with a tendency to pay closer attention to threatening information. We predict that anxious citizens will seek more information but that they will seek out and be attracted to threatening information. In an… CONTINUE READING

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