Hendricks Symposium examines biology, psychology of politics

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Hendricks Symposium examines biology, psychology of politics

New lines of research are examining the consequences of biology and psychology on political attitudes. This research will be explored in depth during the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Hendricks Symposium on April 3-4.

This year’s theme is “Psychology, Biology, and Political Attitudes.” All presentations are free and open to the public. A complete schedule can be found here.

There will be two keynote addresses and 16 research presentations. Keynote speakers are Russell Fazio of Ohio State University and Diana Mutz the University of Pennsylvania. Fazio will give his lecture, “Weighting Positive versus Negative Valence, Exploratory Behavior, and Political Ideology,” at 1 p.m. April 3. Mutz will present at 8 p.m. April 3 on “The Impact of Ingroup Favoritism on Trade Preferences.”

The biennial symposium is hosted by the Department of Political Science and is made possible through the University of Nebraska’s Hendricks Fund. Alumnus and attorney G.E. Hendricks established it in 1976 to support the exploration of current controversial political questions in a nonpartisan, unbiased manner. Hendricks believed that a more intelligent examination and consideration of political questions would lead to better government.

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