Abstract Mindset

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


Our feelings about politics matter

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

Presidents influence how we think, feel, and behave.

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.

Brain responses to disagreement predict Brexit vote

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

Conspiracy theories and disenfranchisement

Conspiracy Theories and Antisemitism. This entry was posted in Conspiracy Theories on 22 June 2018 by  Presentation to the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, Palace of Westminster, 19 June 2018.Richard J. Evans For the past five years I’ve been Principal Investigator on the research project “Conspiracy and Democracy”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I have two co-investigators, … Continue reading Conspiracy theories and disenfranchisement

Identity Politics

Is contemporary partisanship “identity all the way down”? By Christopher M. Federico  22 October, 2018 If there is a single buzzword that sums up American politics in the present era, it is “polarization.” Though citizens and commentators alike loosely use the term to refer to the acrimony that characterizes relations between Democrats and Republicans, political scientists often … Continue reading Identity Politics