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Too Much an Out-Group? How Nonverbal Cues About Gender and Ethnicity Affect Candidate Support

Mauro Barisione
Shanto Iyengar
Journal of Experimental Political Science

Abstract: Previous work on nonverbal cues has demonstrated the influence of candidates' facial displays on voter preferences. However, the idea that visual cues affect political judgment by signaling the relative social solidarity (in-group vs. out-group status) between candidates and voters has received little attention. We fill this gap by experimentally manipulating facial cues associated with the physical features of gender and ethnicity (Afrocentric vs. Eurocentric-looking) and assessing their effects on candidate support in ...