Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title Title

PLoS ONE

Volume

10

Issue

9

Abstract

Previous research finds that voting is a socially stressful activity associated with increases in cortisol levels. Here we extend this research by investigating whether different voting modalities have differential effects on the stress response to voting. Results from a field experiment conducted during the 2012 presidential elections strongly suggest that traditional “at the polls” voting is more stressful, as measured by increases in cortisol levels, than voting at home by mail-in ballot or engaging in comparable non-political social activities. These findings imply that increased low-stress voting options such as mail-in ballots may increase political participation among individuals who are sensitive to social stressors.

Department

Department of Political Science

Comments

Published in PLoS ONE, 10, no.9 (2015), e0135289. Publlished by the Public Library of Science. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0135289

Original Publication Date

9-2015

DOI of published version

10.1371/journal.pone.0135289

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library

Date Digital

2015

Copyright

©2015 Neiman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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