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July Tip Sheet: Psychology & Politics

Before the political conventions kickoff and general election season moves into full force, stay ahead of the story by familiarizing yourself with leading social and personality psychology experts and studies. These experts have made themselves available for relevant media inquiries. 


Political Psychology

Ingrid Haas
Expert in political psychology, attitudes, and social cognition. Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Resident Faculty in the Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior. 
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Mark Brandt 
Expert in political psychology, prejudice, politics, religion, morality. Assistant professor in the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University.
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Propaganda/Attitude Change
Jon Krosnick
Dr. Jon Krosnick studies voters and elections. He is Professor of Psychology, Political Science, and Communication at Stanford.
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Tage Rai
Dr. Rai researches morality, violence and culture. He is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Honor Culture
Dr. Hans IJzerman
Assistant professor in social psychology at Vrije Universiteit and Tilburg University. In addition to his research, he is an ambassador of the Center for Open Science, and was recently named as "rising star" by the Association for Psychological Science.
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Miao Hu, Derek D. Rucker, Adam D. Galinsky. From the Immoral to the Incorruptible: How Prescriptive Expectations Turn the Powerful Into Paragons of VirtuePersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin June 2016; vol. 42, 6: pp. 826-837.

Dov Cohen and Angela K.-y. Leung Virtue and Virility: Governing With Honor and the Association or Dissociation Between Martial Honor and Moral Character of U.S. Presidents, Legislators, and Justices Social Psychological and Personality Science, March 2012; vol. 3, 2: pp. 162-171., first published on July 6, 2011.

Chelsea Schein and Kurt Gray The Unifying Moral Dyad: Liberals and Conservatives Share the Same Harm-Based Moral Template Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, August 2015; vol. 41, 8: pp. 1147-1163., first published on June 19, 2015.

Political Paranoia/Conspiracy Theories
Jan-Willem van Prooijen, André P. M. Krouwel, and Thomas V. Pollet Political Extremism Predicts Belief in Conspiracy Theories Social Psychological and Personality Science, July 2015; vol. 6, 5: pp. 570-578., first published on January 12, 2015.

Aleksandra Cichocka, Marta Marchlewska, and Agnieszka Golec de Zavala Does Self-Love or Self-Hate Predict Conspiracy Beliefs? Narcissism, Self-Esteem, and the Endorsement of Conspiracy Theories Social Psychological and Personality Science, March 2016; vol. 7, 2: pp. 157-166., first published on November 13, 2015.

Voter Attitudes

William J. Chopik and Matt Motyl Ideological Fit Enhances Interpersonal Orientations Social Psychological and Personality Science 1948550616658096, first published on July 7, 2016 as doi:10.1177/1948550616658096

Fang Fang Chen, Yiming Jing, Jeong Min Lee, and Liying Bai (2016) Culture Matters: The Looks of a Leader Are Not All the Same Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1948550616644962, first published on April 28, 2016.

Frimer, J.A., Gaucher, D., Schaefer, N.K. (2014). Political Conservatives' Affinity for Obedience to Authority is Loyal, Not BlindPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(9).
Stern, C., West, T.V., Jost, J.T., Rule, N.O. (2014). "Ditto Heads": Do Conservatives Perceive Greater Consensus Within their Ranks than Liberals? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(9).

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