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John Hibbing discusses research on physiological testing of human responses to disturbing imagery.

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People who react more strongly to bumps in the night, spiders on a human body or the sight of a shell-shocked victim are more likely to support public policies that emphasize protecting society over preserving individual privacy. That's the conclusion of a recent NSF-funded study by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Their research results appear in the Sept.19 issue of Science magazine. In this podcast, John Hibbing, professor of political science, discusses the research technique and what predictions can and cannot be made as a result of a person's physiological responses to disturbing sounds and images.

Credit: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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