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Science of Presidential Debates

Scientific analysis of the Sept 26 Presidential Debate on Sept 27 and 28 at 11 a.m. ET both days. 

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016, 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT


Four expert panelists each day will present their analyses and answer your questions live and face-to-face. This event will be virtual. You can attend with any device -- PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device (with a webcam) – anywhere with good bandwidth. To participate (ask questions) in the meeting, you must be on video, just as a normal news conference. Register below for guaranteed seating; there is limited seating in the virtual room.

Eight experts (four at each event) will present their analyses. The diverse expert team (7 universities and an institute) will analyze both candidates during the debates for their gestures, facial expressions (including smiles--number, type, appropriateness, etc.), posture, language, including sentiment, tone, inflammatory language, repetition, vocabulary, sentence structure, metaphors, framing, themes, suggestions, subtlety, nuance, honesty (deceit/lies—explicit and implicit), transparency, gender issues, and any other possible quantitative and/or scientific measures/analysis to compare their performance. These experts research within linguistics, rhetoric, psychology, marketing, political science, communication and public relations. The experts will provide a nonpartisan, scientific investigation of the debate.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11 am ET

Simon DeDeoSanta Fe InstituteCosmology, Linguistics (language analysis)
Kristine L. MunozUniversity of IowaCommunications (discourse analysis, persuasion)
Tim KetelaarNew Mexico State UniversityPsychology (body language)
Erik P. BucyTexas Tech CommunicationsPsychology (body language, audience response)

Wednesday, Sept 28, 11 am ET

Andrew KehlerUC, San DiegoLinguistics (language analysis)
Patrick StewartUniversity of ArkansasPsychology, Communications (facial displays, humor)
Jeff JarmanWichita State UniversityCommunications (audience response)
Michael CunninghamUniversity of LouisvillePsychology, Communications (body language)

Registration is closed for this event.

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