About Drew Westen

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Drew Westen

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Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry, is author of "The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation." For 20 years, Westen has explored the role of emotions in how the brain processes information. The "Political Brain" describes how a better understanding of the mind and brain translates into better campaign strategy and more compelling messages on the thorniest issues, from abortion to guns to race. Since the book's publication last year, Westen has advised or worked as a political consultant for presidential, congressional and state-level Democratic candidates, progressive and labor organizations and Fortune 500 companies.

Westen In the News
Chicago Tribune: To Working Class, Clinton Talks the Talk
Christian Science Monitor: Do opinion pieces ever change your opinion?
CNN: American Morning
CNN: Commentary: Obama thinks like a professor, inspires like a preacher
Huffington Post: The Five Strands of Conservatism
Huffington Post: Why the Democrats are Losing Ground As Obama is Gaining It
The New Republic: McCain's Low Road to Victory
The New Republic: The Movement's Remains
PBS: Obama in Danger?
Politico: Lessons learned from Daschle's demise
Politico: The winter of Obama's hardship

Westen News Releases
Presidential Race to Finish will be a Close One (09.4.2008)
Obama Needs to Hit Back, Define Himself, says Westen (08.26.2008)
Next Phase of Presidential Election Focus of Analysis for Emory Experts (06.4.2008)
'The Political Brain' Explains Hillary Clinton's Slide (05.19.2008)
Election Politics Predictable, Push New Paradigms (04.16.2008)

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