International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Need for cognitive closure and value priorities In Hungary

Szabolcs Gergő Harsányi, ELTE University, Budapest and University of Szeged (Hungary); András Csanádi, University of Szeged, Hungary; Beáta Szabó, Eötvös Loránd Universit

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: ELTE University, Budapest and University of Szeged (Hungary)
Research Area: Political decision making

The need for cognitive closure (NFCC) belongs to significant styles of processing information. Several studies found connection between individual differences in NFC and value priorities. This presentation investigates the relationships between preference of political ideologies, values and NFCC. A Hungarian sample of 300 adults completed a shortened form of the Hungarian version of the Need for Closure Scale (NFCS, Kruglanski, Webster & Klem, 1993; Csanádi, Harsányi & Szabó, 2009). Participants were asked about their political party, value and ideology preferences. Consistent with one of our hypotheses we found a strong relationship between the respondents’ age and NFCC. NFCC was slightly assosiated with the preference of the biggest Hungarian conservative party, Fidesz. Different factors of NFCS were assosiated with the two largest parties (the conservative Fidesz and the socialist MSZP). In addition, the factor of Discomfort with Ambiguity was positively related to the national radicalism and the rejection of free market. This research is consistent with the idea that NFCC has special relation with different values and political ideologies.