Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Ralston, R. Matt Motta, & Jen Spindel. When OK is NOT OK: Public Concern About White Nationalism in the U.S. Military. Accepted at Armed Forces & Society.


Goren, PN., Brianna Smith, & Matt Motta. Basic Human Values and Sophistication Interaction Theory. Conditionally Accepted at Political Behavior. 

Motta, MP.  (2020). Applications and Critical Reflections on the VANMaN Taxonomy. Social Science & Medicine. Link

Lunz Trujilo, K, Matt Motta, Timothy Callaghan, & Steven Sylvester (2020). Identifying Psychological Risk Factors and Effective Communication Strategies. Political Research Quarterly. Link.

Motta, MP, Dan Chapman, Kathryn Haglin, and Dan Kahan. (2020) Reducing the Administrative Demands of the Science Curiosity Scale (SCS): A Validation Study. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Link.

Motta, MP, and Andrew Rohrman. (2019) "Quaking in their Boots? Seismic Risk Perceptions and Preventative Public Policy Inaction" Behavioral Public Policy. Link. Supplementary Materials.

Callaghan, TC,  Matt Motta, Kristin Lunz-Trujilo, Steven Sylvester, and Christine Blackburn. (2019) Parent Psychology and the Decision to Delay Childhood Vaccination. Social Science & Medicine. Link.

Haglin, KH,  Dan Chapman, Matt Motta, and Dan Kahan. (2019) How Localized Outbreaks and Changes in Media Coverage Affect Zika Attitudes in Local & National Contexts. Health Communication. Link.

Motta, MP, Daniel Chapman, Dominik Stecula, & Kathryn Haglin. " (2019) An Experimental Examination of Measurement Disparities in Public Climate Change Beliefs." Climatic Change.  Link

Motta, MP.  (2018) "The Enduring Effect of Scientific Interest on Trust in Climate Scientists in the U.S." Nature Climate Change. Link

Motta, MP. (2018) "The Polarizing Effects of the March for Science on Attitudes Toward Scientists." PS: Political Science & Politics. Link.

Motta, MP,  Tim Callaghan, & Steven Sylvester. (2018) "Knowing less but presuming more: Dunning-Kruger effects and the endorsement of anti-vaccine policy attitudes." Forthcoming at Social Science & Medicine. Link

Motta, MP. (2018) Explaining Science Funding Attitudes in the U.S.: The Case for Science Interest. Public Understanding of Science. Link.

Motta, MP. (2017) "The Dynamics and Implications of Anti-Intellectualism in the United States." American Politics Research. Link

Luttig, M.D., & Motta, M.P. (2017) "President Obama on the Ballot: Referendum Voting and Racial Spillover in the 2014 Midterm Elections."  Electoral Studies. Link

Smith, BA, Murib, Z., Motta, MP, Callaghan, TH, & Theys M. (2017) “Gay or Homosexual? The Implications of Social Category Labels for the Structure of Mass Attitudes."  American Politics Research. Link

Motta, MP (2016). What do interviewer intelligence ratings actually measure? Research and Politics, 3(3), 1-10. Link

Motta, MP, Callaghan, TH, Smith BA (2016). Looking for Answers: Identifying Search Behavior and Improving Knowledge-Based Data Quality in Online Surveys. International Journal of Public Opinion ResearchLink


Book Chapters & Reviews

Motta, MP. Campaign Advertising & Political Representation in the U.S. in Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends. (Forthcoming, 2020).

Goren, PN and Motta MP. “Values and Political Judgment: A New Approach," in At the Forefront of Political Psychology: Essays in Honor of John L. Sullivan. (Forthcoming, 2020).

Motta, MP. & Fowler, EF (2016). "The Content and Effect of Political Advertising in Campaigns." Oxford Research EncyclopediaLink

Book Review of "Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It." (2016) By Arthur Lupia. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.: Motta, Matthew, University of Chicago Press,  Journal of Politics, 78(4) E17-E18, 2016. Link

Motta, MP. (2016) "Air War? Campaign Advertising in the 2016 Presidential Election." in Lilleker et al., US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign. The Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community. Bournemouth University. 2016