"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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"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. "
"Our project at the Social Psychology of Inequality Lab provides a deeper understanding of the psychological processes that influence the perception and justification of the income gap within our societies."
"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 In a yet unpublished manuscript, I investigate the nonpolitical origins of political engagement in early childhood experiences [...]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."
"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."
"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. "
Demographic and Socialization Effects on Civic Engagement in Ethnically Diverse Parisian Adolescents
"France is officially colorblind. The census, by law, cannot collect information about race or ethnicity. A general perception exists that race/ethnicity only matter to racists. People don’t talk about race ... One of the great questions of this study, then, is whether ethnic differences in civic engagement do exist in France... Our final study used data collected by our research team approximately ten years ago, in a study on French high school students, to explore this question in the French cultural context."
"...scholars have focused either on the psychological underpinnings of far-right, populist voting, or on the repercussions of ethnic diversity for social cohesion and societal trust. Only a few studies have, however, considered these two themes in a single design. These rare studies suggest that populist political parties may perform better in areas with high proportions of (ethnic and cultural) minority members... As such, together with Kristof Dhont (Kent University, United Kingdom), our Belgian lab at Ghent University tested a more comprehensive model of the political consequences of diversity, and a manuscript reporting on these tests is currently in press in Social Psychology..."
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