PRESS Open House

Princeton Research in Experimental Social Science
Nov 10, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm



Event Description

As always, we will have food and discuss future PRESS activities

Special guest speaker

Andy Guess, Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University


Andy Guess will present a research design titled "Does Listening to Trustworthy News Affect Political Attitudes and Behavior?"

"Despite the increasing popularity of podcasts as a source of news for many Americans, little is known about their precise role in the information ecosystem. We conduct an online field experiment that examines how consumption of trustworthy news via daily podcasts affects attitudes about politics and the media over a two-week period. Our treatment, deployed at the end of the first of two survey waves, asks subjects to subscribe to a high-quality daily news podcast. In addition, treated subjects are asked to turn on mobile push notifications for the podcast. Randomization ensures that we can observe the causal effects of an exogenous change in respondents' news intake, which we measure by short quizzes sent via text message. We hypothesize that our treatment will (1) increase political knowledge, (2) alter news consumption habits after the intervention period, (3) increase overall media trust, and (4) reduce affective and perceived polarization, relative to a pure control group. Our results shed light on outcomes linked to the unique possibilities of this medium and, more broadly, on the malleability of mobile-first news consumers' information diets."

  • Department of Politics
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)
  • NIehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
  • Bobst Center for Peace and Justice