This Theory Holds the Secret to Healing America's Division Terror Management Theory explains how we became divided and how to heal. Posted Feb 12, 2019 It’s clear that America is becoming increasingly divided, and if we remain on the path we’re on, things are only going to get worse. There will be more aggression in the streets, … Continue reading Reminders of Mortality Fuels Support for BREXIT, and Trump
Blinded By Ideology: People Find It Difficult To Think Logically About Arguments That Contradict Their Politics Cognition, Political, ThoughtJanuary 23, 2019 By Jesse Singal A heated political story in the United States last weekend perfectly illustrates how tribal politics can supercharge a human weakness that psychologists have been studying for some time – our deep-seated tendency to accept evidence that supports our … Continue reading Politically Motivated Cognition
Amidst discontent over America's growing diversity, many white Americans now view the political world through the lens of a racial identity. Whiteness was once thought to be invisible because of whites' dominant position and ability to claim the mainstream, but today a large portion of whites actively identify with their racial group and support policies … Continue reading Identity Politics
Abstract Mindset Increases Consistency In Political Attitudes The Oxford Dictionary defines ideology as “a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy”1. So it is a system of thought, assumed to possess coherence and internal consistency. When we talk about liberals and conservatives, we assume that members … Continue reading Abstract Mindset
Why do our feelings about politics matter – and do they matter more now? It is too simplistic to argue that current heated debates about politics, especially in the context of Brexit and Trump, are due to the fact that our emotions about politics matter more now than before. Laura Jenkins argues that our feelings about politics … Continue reading Our feelings about politics matter
Our Nation’s Danger from Within Posted Dec 03, 2018 In the lead-up to the midterm elections, the nation watched in horror as reports came in of yet another mass shooting in America. In Pittsburgh, an individual with an anti-Semitic history reportedly carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and multiple handguns, shouted, “All Jews must die,” as … Continue reading Presidents influence how we think, feel, and behave.
In or out – how brain activity can predict your vote on Brexit People’s brain responses to statements about the EU were a more accurate predictor of how they voted than their stated intentions By: Helge Hasselmann Surveys and opinion polls are notoriously bad at predicting election results, as a chain of rather unexpected events last … Continue reading Brain responses to disagreement predict Brexit vote