The Affective Tipping Point: Do Motivated Reasoners Ever “Get It”?

  title={The Affective Tipping Point: Do Motivated Reasoners Ever “Get It”?},
  author={David P. Redlawsk and A. Civettini and Karen M. Emmerson},
  journal={Political Psychology},
  • David P. Redlawsk, A. Civettini, Karen M. Emmerson
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology
  • Political Psychology
  • In order to update candidate evaluations voters must acquire information and determine whether that new information supports or opposes their candidate expectations. Normatively, new negative information about a preferred candidate should result in a downward adjustment of an existing evaluation. However, recent studies show exactly the opposite; voters become more supportive of a preferred candidate in the face of negatively valenced information. Motivated reasoning is advanced as the… CONTINUE READING
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