Category Archives: Political Psychology

Power Corrupts

Here is a fascinating article about recent research in political psychology that shows that powerful people, particularly when those people believe they deserve their power, cheat and engage in other morally deficient behavior at significantly higher rates than less powerful … Continue reading

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FYI – Possibly more evidence for link between physiology and politics?

“Conservatives are more easily disgusted” See bottom of the story for journal article citations.

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The End of Philosophy

That’s the title of a new op-ed by David Brooks in today’s New York Times.  Basically, he’s surveying some of the empirical evidence on how people make judgments and combining it with evolutionary psychology theory to say that morality is … Continue reading

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Be a Fox, not a Hedgehog

Nicholas Kristof writes this interesting column in the N.Y. Times today about the inability of experts (and he explicitly mentions political scientists) to make predictions better than a monkey.  He’s working off the ideas of Philip Tetlock’s book “Expert Political … Continue reading

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Social pressure and biased refereeing in Italian soccer

Here’s an interesting article about the effects of social pressure on refs’ behavior in soccer matches: Social Science Statistics Blog: Social pressure and biased refereeing in Italian soccer. Talk about an excellent opportunity to conduct a real-world social experiment—apparently the … Continue reading

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