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My CV is here.

   

My Google Scholar profile is here

   

Email: hwayong.shin@dartmouth.edu

My research aims to comprehend the psychological mechanisms and information environments that cultivate well-informed social concern among citizens. In doing so, I consider three key sources of public opinion: information, emotions, and memories. Citizens form political opinions based on how they think and assess the information they receive. At the same time, citizens also feel and remember, which powerfully shapes their beliefs about and relationships with broader politics. Specifically, I study the roles of media coverage, emotions, and traumatic memories in how citizens assess the government 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 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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