Thu Oct 13 2016

Squamish Public Library: I-Chant Chiang

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Squamish Public Library

Squamish Public Library: I-Chant Chiang

Decision-making in the 2016 US presidential election: Is Trump a rational choice?

Free & Open to the Public

I-Chant Chiang
Executive Vice President & Social Sciences Tutor (Psychology)

In the upcoming US elections, voters have to make a number of key decisions: should I vote? who should I vote for?  Decision-making is a complex process with many possible influences.  In this talk, I will discuss two studies that examine influences in this year’s election.  In the first study, I conduct a framing analysis of speeches to show how Trump gained traction through the language that he used.  The second study focuses on reasoning as an ability within decision-making that links up with other personality traits.  These studies help us understand what factors are impacting voting choice in this presidential election.

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