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What is the meaning of life? Ask a conservative
A deep analysis of a series of surveys across 16 countries that spanned several years shows that people who are on the conservative end of the political spectrum believe their lives are meaningful while those on the liberal end continue to search for meaning. (2018-07-17)
Liberals do drink more lattes, but maybe not for the reasons you think
Do liberals really drink more lattes? According to a new study from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, liberals in America are indeed more likely than conservatives to drink lattes. (2018-06-19)
UNC-Chapel Hill researchers ask Americans 'What does God look like?'
A team of psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used a new technique to construct what a large sample of 511 American Christians think God looks like. (2018-06-11)
'Institution shocks' spotlight effects of changing economic institutions
Researchers analyzed new data on the Chilean elections of the 1970s to understand how economies react to institutional change. (2018-05-01)
Perceptions of God make Democrats more conservative, Republicans more liberal in some ways
Republicans who believe that God is highly engaged with humanity are like Democrats -- more liberal -- when it comes to social and economic justice issues, according to a Baylor University study analyzing data from the Baylor Religion Survey. (2018-02-21)
Have Brexit and the US presidential election made you more radical?
New Irish research suggests that political disillusionment leads to more extreme political views. (2018-01-19)
Why the Republican Party may have an advantage when it rains: Voters change their minds
Bad weather affects US voter turnout and election outcomes with past research demonstrating that the Republican Party has the advantage. (2018-01-11)
Racial, political identities influence how people view cause of deadly police encounters
People's racial and political identities strongly shaped how they viewed the causes of several recent widely publicized police encounters that resulted in the deaths of African American men, according to a new study by two University of Kansas researchers. (2017-12-13)
Presenting facts as 'consensus' bridges conservative-liberal divide over climate change
New evidence shows that 'social facts' highlighting expert consensus changes perceptions across US political spectrum -- particularly among highly educated conservatives. (2017-12-11)
Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests
The more you know about the news media and how it works, the less likely you are to believe conspiracy theories - even ones you might find politically tempting. (2017-11-30)
Left-brained: Study suggests conservative Democrats don't compute for liberal voters
Magnetic Resonance Imaging research finds self-identified liberals more likely to notice when candidates deviate from the party line. (2017-11-13)
People think harder and produce better political arguments when their views are challenged
People who are presented with political statements contradictory to their own beliefs tend to think harder and produce better arguments, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-09-27)
Pope's encyclical boosted his credibility on climate change, especially among liberals
The Pope's 2015 encyclical on climate change did not directly influence people's beliefs about the seriousness of climate change or its effect on the poor, a study in Cognition has found. (2017-05-23)
Political talk plagues workers months after US election
American workers are more likely to say they are feeling stressed and cynical because of political discussions at work now than before the 2016 presidential election, according to survey results released today by the American Psychological Association. (2017-05-03)
Political left, right similarly motivated to avoid rival views
A new report from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Winnipeg suggests people on both sides of the political aisle are similarly motivated to dismiss monetary enticements in order to distance themselves from hearing or reading opposing ideals and information. (2017-04-25)
Tories cut labor lead in London to three points
New poll from Queen Mary University of London and YouGov. (2017-03-31)
For a modest personality trait, 'intellectual humility' packs a punch
'Intellectual humility' has been something of a wallflower among personality traits, receiving far less attention than such brash qualities as egotism or hostility. (2017-03-17)
Political affiliation can predict how people will react to false information about threats
How liberal or conservative a person is predicts how likely they are to believe information about potential hazards, a new UCLA-led study has found. (2017-02-02)
Antidote for partisanship? In science, curiosity seems to work
Disputes over science-related policy issues such as climate change or fracking often seem as intractable as other politically charged debates. (2017-01-26)
Moralistic thinking on political left, right not so different
Sacred thinking isn't limited to political conservatives, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Winnipeg. (2017-01-09)
Political left, right both inspired by utopian hopes
Studies explore moral convictions associated with same sex marriage, gun control. (2016-12-05)
Moral values influence level of climate change action
Two moral values highly rated by liberals -- compassion and fairness -- influence willingness to make personal choices to mitigate climate change's impact in the future, according to a new multidisciplinary study by Cornell University researchers. (2016-11-16)
Despite papal letter, Catholics and the public politically divided on climate change
Among Catholics and non-Catholics, awareness of Laudato Si', the first-ever encyclical or papal letter devoted to the environment, was not associated with an increase in public concern over climate change. (2016-10-24)
Cover leading social and personality psychologists at SPSP 2017 in San Antonio
Explore the latest scientific research on a diverse array of topics -- the psychology behind prejudice and discrimination, understanding non-verbal communication, strategies for interpersonal relationships, social factors that influence our decisions, and much more. (2016-10-20)
Book explores impact of 'Firing Line' on US conservatism
New book by MIT professor Heather Hendershot explores impact of William F. (2016-10-04)
Americans are more politically independent, more polarized than ever
As of 2014, nearly half (46 percent) of adult Americans identified as political independents, including 59 percent of Millennials ages 18 to 29. (2016-09-07)
The refugee crisis in Europe: Challenges and possible solutions
In this Policy Forum, Randall Hansen and Shalini Randeria discuss the different ideological viewpoints of liberals and conservatives in Europe with respect to accepting refugees, highlighting why -- even though the continent is not bearing the 'brunt' of the refugee crisis -- it remains 'in the center of a political and social storm' related to refugees asylum. (2016-08-25)
Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to eco-friendly buying
Researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind. (2016-07-12)
Why Clinton and Trump backers don't mix
Living around people with opposing political viewpoints affects your ability to form close relationships and accept other perspectives -- and may even change your personality, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University scholar. (2016-07-08)
Boredom can lead to more extreme political views
Boredom may be contributing to a widening of political views among voters, according to a new study by researchers from King's College London and the University of Limerick. (2016-07-07)
Liberals, conservatives differ in response to bin Laden's death
Conservative Americans remained unwaveringly suspicious of foreigners following Osama bin Laden's death, while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to more vigilant beliefs, finds a provocative new study led by a Michigan State University scholar. (2016-06-28)
A conservative environment makes conservatives happier
Various psychological studies have suggested that conservatives are happier than liberals. (2016-06-08)
Politics, not ignorance, may pollute support for pro-science solutions
Mentioning politics in a message about an environmental issue may turn people -- even people informed about the issue -- away from supporting a pro-science solution, according to a team of researchers. (2016-06-01)
Why is there no Labor Party in the United States?
The improbable rise of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign presents an interesting question: why is Sanders, a self-proclaimed 'democratic socialist,' running as a Democrat? (2016-05-26)
Why everyone wants to help the sick -- but not the unemployed
New research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why health-care costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. (2016-05-26)
Framing discourse around conservative values shifts climate change attitudes
Conservatives' attitudes toward climate change and other environmental concerns shift when the issues are reframed in terms more closely aligned with their values, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. (2016-04-25)
UC Davis study says logos make a group seem real
New research at the University of California, Davis, shows that logos create the impression that a group is unified, effective and coordinated, even when the members of the group don't really seem that way on their own. (2016-04-15)
Exposure to American Indian mascots activates stereotypes
Ethnic brand imagery, including American Indian mascots, can strengthen stereotypes, causing detrimental societal consequences, according to a newly published study conducted by a University of Montana researcher. (2016-04-13)
Study: Is your political ideology in your head?
A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study indicates that the thought processes of political conservatives gives greater weight to negative information. (2016-03-31)
Conservatives and liberals do think differently
Big differences in the ways conservatives and liberals think about solving the nation's most pressing problems couldn't be more apparent during this presidential election cycle. (2016-03-15)
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