Drew Westen

Emory University

Drew Westen is professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, founder of Westen Strategies, and author of "The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation." He has been a consultant or adviser to several candidates and organizations, including the AFL-CIO, and has informally advised Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Drew Westen appears in the following:

This Is Your Brain on Politics

Friday, October 12, 2012

We may think we know all about how we make decisions, but when it comes to political choices, they can hinge on a number of factors that we rarely notice. Brooke speaks with political psychologists and scientists to get to the bottom of why we make the choices we do at election time.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama's message of "change" transformed the election. It was so infectious that even his opponents adopted the mantra. Now, how does the next president keep "change" alive?


How Emotion Influences Voters

Monday, December 24, 2007

Political psychologist Drew Westen says that successful politicians must appeal to voters’ hearts, maybe even more than to voters’ minds. His recent book is The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.

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Emotional Politics

Friday, July 13, 2007

Emotions influence everything from which movies we see to how we vote. Leonard talks with Drew Westen about how emotions play into politics...and what losing candidates like Kerry, Gore, and Dole should have done to win over voters' hearts. Westen is the author of the new book The Political Brain. ...

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