Our local League has been asked to share an opportunity with members. A Carleton professor, Barbara Allen, is teaching her students how politics works by having them set up a study of the responses of subjects (like us) to political ads.
Barbara writes, “I really appreciate your help in teaching-by-doing. It always takes a lot of effort by many people (the village), but it is the best way that I've found not only to teach information but also duties of civic engagement.”
The letter below is our invitation to participate by spending half an hour or so at the Weitz center between October 21 and November 1. I plan to participate in the study and I hope many of our members will also be able to do so.
The students plan to make a presentation later in the term to which we will all be invited, so we can find out what they learned. If you have questions, feel free to call me (815) 342-0579.
Dear League Member,
We are political science students from Carleton College who are enrolled in Barbara Allen’s Political Communication class. We are currently studying how voters respond to political information, and we seek participants for two study activities that will involve watching TV news and ads related to politics and answering some questions about politics.
The study will take place October 21 through November 1 at the Weitz Center at Carleton. If you agree to participate, you may be asked to let us measure your pulse or, perhaps, take other non-invasive (outside your body) measures such as your blood pressure while you watch the ads. To measure your pulse we will attach a monitor to each of your wrists.
The studies combined will take a maximum of forty minutes and participants may choose whether to participate in one or both studies. Participants will be compensated with $5 for participation in one study and $15 for participation in both studies. All findings will be kept confidential. Your name will not be associated with any of the information that we collect.
Thank you for considering participation in this study, and we hope to hear from you soon.
Jeff Berg, Kendall Davis, Katie Koza, Alex Martin, and Michael Massad