Myiah Hutchens, Jay Hmielowski, and Michael Beam (Kent State) were published in the latest issue of MC&S. Their research examined the relationship between partisan media and structural knowledge utilizing understanding of the Affordable Care Act as the content area of interest. They examined whether or not exposure to partisan media had differential effects on attitudinal ambivalence – holding both positive and negative attitudes towards an object – based on the political ideology of the respondent, and whether or not this impact of ambivalence influenced structural knowledge. Their results show that exposure to attitude-consistent media decreased attitudinal ambivalence. This exposure to attitude-consistent media results in a positive indirect effect on structural knowledge through this decrease in ambivalence. The reverse effect was observed for use of attitude-inconsistent media. The full article can be found here.