Politics

  • Arieli, S., Amit, A., & Mentser, S. (2019). Identity-motivated reasoning: Biased judgments regarding political leaders and their actionsCognition, 188, 64-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2018.12.009.
  • Byline summary: Individuals tend to evaluate political leaders and their decisions in favor of their partisan view. When evaluating a political action by one of dominant political leaders (either left-wing or right-wing), individuals in this research attributed political decisions made by a favored leader as benefitting the country, and attributed the same decision presented from an opposed leader as being selfish. It reveals how same political decision is framed in terms of one’s own preferences an biases.
  • Updated March 1st, 2021
  • Otjes, S., Stroebe, K., & Postmes, T. (2020). When voting becomes protest: Mapping determinants of collective action onto voting behaviorSocial Psychological and Personality Science, 11, 513-521. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550619872482.
  • Byline summary: Individuals are more likely to engage in voting behavior aimed at social change when they feel that their group or community has been disadvantaged. Why do collective disadvantages lead to increased voting behavior? Individuals who suffered from regional man-made earthquakes showed stronger identification with their region, higher sense that their voting can invoke social change, and lower trust in their government, compared to individuals without such experiences, all of which subsequently led to voting behavior for social change.
  • Updated May 1st, 2021
  • Shnabel, N., Dovidio, J. F., & Levin, Z. (2016). But it's my right! Framing effects on support for empowering policiesJournal of Experimental Social Psychology, 63, 36-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.11.007.
  • Byline summary: This research shows that messages that emphasize human rights to empower minorities may have backlash among majority members. Israeli Jews (majority group) who were exposed to a message that emphasizes the basic human rights of Israeli Arabs (minority group) were less likely to support policies empowering Israeli Arabs, as compared with Jews who saw a message that describes Arabs’ distress or who did not see any message at all. The lower support for minorities among Jews who read a rights-based message was explained by the belief that supporting Arabs would lead to a loss of resources for themselves. This article cautions against the use of messages that attempt to increase support among majority groups for minorities groups.
  • Updated April 1st, 2021

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