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Email: hwayong.shin@dartmouth.edu

To many citizens, politics often feels abstract and distant from their personal lives. Yet, there are moments when politics becomes intensely personal, compelling even the disengaged to pay attention and voice their opinions. My research aims to comprehend the psychological mechanisms and information environments that trigger and cultivate well-informed social concern among citizens. In this pursuit, I investigate the roles of trust, emotions, and memories in shaping citizens' perceptions of government, the media, and public policies, including those related to the environment and public health.

My primary research focuses on two key questions: 1) Under what conditions do citizens place their trust in evidence-based sources of information amidst hyper-partisan or ill-informed political discourse? 2) How do emotionally engaged citizens evaluate politics in light of personal worries, traumatic memories, altruistic aspirations, or anger towards unjust realities?

These inquiries into the psychological processes underlying public opinion have led me to design surveys and experiments, and utilize latent variable models and text analysis to validate survey measures and experimental treatments.

Here is a news release about my research by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

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