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The X Factor Six Chair Challenge

In more recent series of the X Factor a new challenge has been introduced that sees contestants battle it out for a chance to sit in one of six chairs on stage, thus winning a place to the next phase of the competition.  What happens when all six seats are taken?  In short, seemingly lucky contestants are booted off when someone ‘better’ comes along.  Similar to a thumbs down the audience, gladiator-style, cry out who they want to get rid of in favour of the next best act.  The challenge […]...

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Why Has Boris Johnson Dropped Out Of The Conservative Leadership Race?

Boris Johnson, former Major of London and the de facto leader of the campaign to leave the European Union has just announced that he will not be running in the race to replace David Cameron as the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. His decision has shocked party members and voters alike many who believed that part of his motivation in adopting the opposing stance to David Cameron on membership of the EU was to position himself to take over the top job if the referendum resulted […]...

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Part 4: Psychology Within Politics – The EU Referendum

Cameron v Johnson Credibility of the source of information plays a huge part in the effectiveness of a message.  An untrustworthy politician could be communicating sound arguments for a political campaign; however, due to previous indiscretions we cannot help but distrust this politician, which leads us to focus on the source rather than the communication.  In addition, modern day politics imitates a popularity contest, it is less about the message and more to do with who we can relate to and who we like the most.  Our assessments of political […]...

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Part 3: Psychology Within Politics – The EU Referendum

Safety & Immigration Remain Another position held by the ‘remain’ supporters is that we are safer and resilient as part of the EU in relation to the European Arrest Warrant and the option to join our forces together with the EU to fight global threats.  Campaigners suggest that fighting cross-border crime with the European Arrest Warrant is safer as opposed to fighting ‘alone’.  Risk in general is often an undesirable action when the gains of said risk are unclear and the potential loss is great.  Inciting uncertainty and again scaremongering […]...

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