People who overestimate their political knowledge more likely to believe conspiracy theories

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

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Nostalgia is a Powerful Driver of Political Behaviour

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

Using Psychology to Understand Politics and Elections

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

White, Christian, male voters turned to Trump as they felt their status at risk.

Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds. April 24, 2018. Ever since Donald J. Trump began his improbable political rise, many pundits have credited his appeal among white, Christian and male voters to “economic anxiety.” Hobbled by unemployment and locked out of the recovery, those voters turned out in … Continue reading White, Christian, male voters turned to Trump as they felt their status at risk.

People with less political knowledge think they know a lot about politics

People with less political knowledge think they know a lot about politics Eric W. Dolan April 16, 2018 People who know less about politics are more confident about their political knowledge, according to research published in the scientific journal Political Psychology. The new study found that this effect was exacerbated when partisan identities were activated. … Continue reading People with less political knowledge think they know a lot about politics

The Psychology of Politics.

9 essential lessons from psychology to understand the Trump era. Motivated reasoning, bias, fake news, conspiracy theories, and more, explained. Brian Resnick. Apr 11, 2018, 5:38pm EDT In January 2017, when then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer tried to claim that President Donald Trump’s inauguration was the most-watched in history, it felt like the beginning of … Continue reading The Psychology of Politics.