Yang Research Highlights Political Differences in Information Processing

Published January 17, 2019 This content is archived.

Research by Dr. Janet Yang, recently published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, shows how fear and anger related to divisive topics such as the 2016 presidential election and climate change had unique effects on how those with liberal and conservative ideologies processed the information they received on those topics. 

Yang's team, which included COM Ph.D. student Haoran Chu and LeeAnn Kahlor, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explored risk perception and emotional responses to risk, arguing that risk perception has both cognitive and emotional components. 

For more on Dr. Yang's research, read the full UB News Center article here