Research

Reciprocal relations between populist radical-right attitudes and political information behavior: A longitudinal study of attitude development in high-choice information environments.

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The aim of the project is an interdisciplinary investigation of environmental risks through the intensive use of plastics, as well as to contribute to the limitation of risks based on the knowledge gained. Research is required in this field as potential risks haven’t been adequately examined yet.

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The central goal of the interdisciplinary research group is to research in an interdisciplinary team on environment-related questions with ecological and social relevance in order to resolve the discrepancy between knowledge and behaviour and to promote environmentally sustainable behaviour.

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The research group analyses the mediation, perception and processing of politically relevant discourses. Therefore traditional political communication research is complemented by aspects of individual perception and processing of political information as well as communication with new interactive media. To reach this aim, researchers from political science, communication research and psychology cooperate closely and also collaborate with computer scientists from the Koblenz campus. The research group is funded by the research initiative of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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European Integration seems to become a real political issue and a new type of parties, which represent a Euroskeptic position, has evolved. Against this background, our research project focuses on the role of the political parties in this evolution.

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Within the current project, we want to focus on investigating media effects and selection effects simultaneously. Moreover, we want to examine if specific media characteristics influence trust in politicians and the media and if these trust judgements effect the selection of political news.

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To ensure that the right information flows to the right people at the right time in organizations, numerous communication channels are used. Our working group is primarily concerned with the evaluation of internal organizational communication. We examine, for example, the effects of of internal media or leadership communication on employees.

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