Are liberals and conservatives practically the same?


A Blog post on The Unthinking or Confident Extremist?

One thing that I’m interested in is how people with strong political beliefs – so-called extremists – differ from people with more moderate political views. With Anthony Evans and Jarret Crawford, I’ve been fortunate to have a paper accepted for publication at Psychological Science (pre-print). In this post I’m going to briefly note some interesting things about the paper besides the actual findings. First, the abstract and a figure: People with extreme political opinions are alternatively characterized as relatively unthinking or as confident consumers and practitioners of politics. We test these competing hypotheses using cognitive anchoring tasks in three studies (Total N = 6767). ….[READ]


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