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Yoonjung Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar
Lecturer

Focus

My research lies at the intersection of social psychology and public opinion, specifically looking at the casual mechanisms behind opinion formation and attitude change.

Biography

I was born in New Jersey, raised in Seattle until I was nine years old, and then my family moved to South Korea. By the time I was in middle school, we must have moved about ten times. Growing up under an economist with a Ph.D., I was always told I needed to go back to the States to get my degree, but I never really understood what quantitative research was all about until I went to graduate school. I was surprised by how much potential social science data has in the way they can be collected and analyzed. I was always a curious person who questioned everything but now I know how to answer those questions in a systematic way without having to compromise my creativity, which is the greatest feeling on earth and I hope many more people can experience the same.

Current Research

Recent literature has shown that partisans are motivated to interpret and process information in a biased manner, however, there is very little inspection of the conditions under which biased information processing occurs. In order to have a more nuanced view of partisan motivated reasoning, I argue that we need to look at the competing motivations of voters' social, as well as political, group identities. Using lab and online experiments, I examine whether partisans are able to change their opinions based on counter-attitudinal, as opposed to attitude-consistent, arguments depending on whether or not they are exposed to competing arguments from groups of which they identify as members.

 

Education

Ph.D. in Political Science at University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)

B.A. in International Studies at Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea)

Last updated:

November 21, 2017