Stuart Soroka

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    Why do we pay more attention to negative news than to positive news?

Why do we pay more attention to negative news than to positive news?

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A growing body of evidence illustrates the human tendency to prioritise negative over positive news content. But why is this? Stuart Soroka suggests that humans may neurologically or physiologically predisposed towards focusing on negative information because the potential costs of negative information far outweigh the potential benefits of positive information.

A recent article by Arianna Huffington argues for the importance – and popularity – […]

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    The media and public opinion react to changes in economic conditions, not the state of the economy in general.

The media and public opinion react to changes in economic conditions, not the state of the economy in general.

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Economic headlines have come to dominate media reports in our contemporary 24/7 news cycle. But how are economic changes reflected by the media? By comparing more than 30,000 news stories from the New York Times and The Washington Post with economic and consumer indicators, Stuart Soroka, Dominik Stecula, and Christopher Wlezien, find that the media and public opinion react […]

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