How Identity, Not Issues, Explains the Partisan Divide New research has disturbing implications Cameron Brick, Sander van der Linden June 19, 2018 U.S. politics increasingly looks like a savage battle between left and right. Consistent with closing ranks in a battle, Americans are expressing policy opinions that align more and more with their political groups. … Continue reading The identitarian isolation
Exposure To Opposing Political Opinions Online Can Increase Political Polarization Written By: Alex Bolano Social media sites like Facebook are often charged with increasing political polarization by establishing what are called “echo chambers,” places of discourse that prevent people from being exposed to things that contradict their beliefs. It is commonly believed that exposure to opposing … Continue reading Exposure to opposing political views can increase political polarisation.
Workshops focusing on intergroup emotions are showing how deeply-rooted beliefs can be changed to support conflict resolution. Group interventions, each lasting just five hours, broadened dozens of Israelis’ views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a study published in January showed. The study explored how in unyielding conflicts, the belief that one group can change their views motivates … Continue reading Focusing on emotions helps diffuse political tension
Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness. How to counter the gradual narrowing of our horizons. By Maria Popova “Keep your baby eyes (which are the eyes of genius) on what we don’t know,” pioneering investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote in a beautiful 1926 letter of life-advice to his baby son. And … Continue reading How we blind ourselves to our own peril
People who overestimate their political knowledge are more likely to believe conspiracy theories Eric W. Dolan June 11, 2018 People who overestimate their understanding of political issues are more likely to believe conspiracy theories, according to new research that appears in the European Journal for Social Psychology. “Conspiracy theories about government actors and institutions are … Continue reading People who overestimate their political knowledge more likely to believe conspiracy theories
Approach With Caution: Nostalgia Is a Potent Political Agent. Research shows that when life is hard, people look to the past for guidance. We must be vigilant against the allure of a false nostalgia. 10.31.2017 / By Clay Routledge. A year has passed since Donald Trump’s highly unorthodox ascension to the White House, and … Continue reading Nostalgia is a Powerful Driver of Political Behaviour
Introduction: Using Psychology to Understand Politics and Elections. Public Opinion Quarterly, Volume 82, Issue S1, 11 April 2018, Pages 209–212, https://doi.org/10.1093/poq/nfy008 The outcome of the 2016 presidential election stunned political pundits and ordinary Americans alike. How did it happen? Why didn’t we see it coming? When surprises like these occur, human beings operate as “intuitive … Continue reading Using Psychology to Understand Politics and Elections