UnDisciplined: The Political Scientist And The Experimental Psychologist

Jun 22, 2019

This week on UnDisciplined, we're going to talk about the factors that influence our moods. How do the institutions around us inspire us to take action? And how do the things we put into our bodies impact the way we see the world?

We'll be joined by Sandra Sunram-Lea of Lancaster University in England. Her team's research, recently published in the journal Neuroscience and Behavioral Reviews, was a meta-analysis of 31 studies showing that sugar consumption does not have a beneficial effect on mood. 

We're also speaking with Jay Jennings, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Center for Media Engagement at at the University of Texas. His recent research shows a striking correlation between declines in local newsroom staffing and political competition in mayoral races.