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Voting by your personality?

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Whether or not our basic patterns of thoughts and feelings, our personality, are related to politics is a long-standing question in political psychology. Research bridging psychology and political science is foremost concerned with the deep-rooted individual differences, such as basic value orientations, moral principles, or personality traits, that shape people’s political preferences...Our recent study from Germany therefore explores how individual personality traits, which affect social interaction and cognitive styles, shape our political leanings."

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How and When do Children Understand Conflict-Related Groups?

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Over 350 million children live in conflict-affected areas... Our work at the Helping Kids! lab examines children’s behaviour in protracted conflict-related contexts. Specifically, we study how ethnic awareness develops in children, and the implications this has for ethnic prejudice and prosocial behaviours in divided societies. Working with majority and minority group children in three post-accord generations, we aim to identify antecedents of children’s peacebuilding."

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A Call for Articles: Early Career Scholars Edition 2019

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"The ISPP Blog publishes short articles about research or issues of interest to the political psychology community...Getting your work published on the ISPP website is an excellent way to disseminate your research, increase your visibility, and invite future collaboration. Writing for the Blog is a great opportunity whether you are a PhD student, Postdoc, or early career researcher. "

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The roots of why some people care about politics and others do not

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Why some people value political engagement and even find pleasure in engaging with politics while others hardly bother about the political domain, is a crucial question for the functioning of democratic societies. In a yet unpublished manuscript, I investigate the nonpolitical origins of political engagement in early childhood experiences [...] I show that children growing up in need-supportive families report more interest in politics and engage more frequently in political discussions decades later in life."

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The Enduring Effect of Scientific Interest on Trust in Climate Scientists in the US

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Most Americans think that climate scientists ought to play a role in making policy decisions about the environment. But a substantial number doubt that they can trust climate scientists and the research they produce... In a letter recently published at Nature Climate Change, I investigate the effect of young adults’ (aged 12-14) interest in scientific issues (“science interest”) on trust in climate scientists, when they become older. Analyzing longtudinal survey data from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY), I find that people who are highly interested in science at young ages tend to be more trusting of climate scientists in adulthood."

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Still Questioning Political Cynicism

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

"Nowadays, it truly seems that the number one reply on any question concerning politics is a cynical one. Politicians are painted as dishonest, self-interested and incompetent actors in a system, that in itself, is not able to do what is best for its citizens [...] Based on online surveys, structural equation modeling and regression analyses, my findings show that the potential consequences of widespread cynicism are overstated. [...] My research shows a citizenry that, although cynical to a certain degree, is at the same time still politically active. Cynicism is not the threat to political participation many make it out to be. "

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