Thinking About the World

Political psychology

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Your vote. Your party. Your identity.

What are the social consequences for the residents of the United Kingdom, in light of the Brexit referendum?

  • Are left- and right-wing political supporters more similar to each other than they are to political moderates?
  • How do the wealthy think about wealth distributions in society at large, and why is their perspective on this matter important?
  • How does inequality of resources and of opportunity affect how people view themselves and others?
  • What psychological factors play a role in support for conspiracy theories?

With publications in some of psychology’s highest impact journals, our staff members exploring these sorts of questions are on the cutting edge of modern political thought, which is especially important in this politically-charged era (e.g., Brexit in the UK, so-called ’Trumpism’ in the USA, the widening inequality gap worldwide, policies related to climate change).

To answer these questions, our staff members rely on experimental designs as well as on large-sample correlational approaches. We also carry out research in related areas including justice, fairness and equality, and risk, judgement and decision making.


Selected papers

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Podcast: Are We Really All That Different?

It's been called 'The Age of Outrage', often filled with hyper-partisan political debates on issues such as Brexit, immigration, systemic racism, and even on the brand of beans Americans choose to buy. But are the differences in our values and in our ideologies all that define us? In this podcast, Dr Paul Hanel discusses his research on values and political psychology.

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