Politics and sex: Can attractiveness psychology make sense of the presidential election? 22 Nov 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Rob 0 Comments

In a belated attempt to understand the results of the recent US elections, we harness the power of attractiveness psychology (because polling doesn't seem to work). Do we vote for candidates based on their voices? Is our party political preference linked to our sexual behaviour? We find out in this month's show.

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Conservatives and Liberals: From the Polling Place to the Bedroom
Deeper Voiced Politicians Win More Elections

Is our preferred political party linked to our sexual behaviour? Theresa Thompson/Flickr

The articles covered in the show:

Hatemi, P. K., Crabtree, C., & McDermott, R. (2017). The relationship between sexual preferences and political orientations: Do positions in the bedroom affect positions in the ballot box? Personality and Individual Differences, 105, 318-325. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.10.008

Pavela Banai, I., Banai, B., & Bovan, K. (in press). Vocal characteristics of presidential candidates can predict the outcome of actual elections Evolution and Human Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2016.10.012

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