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dc.contributor.authorHibbing, John R.
Smith, Kevin B.
Alford, John R.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-29T20:22:42Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-29T20:22:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/77132
dc.description.abstract Disputes between those holding differing political views are ubiquitous and deep-seated, and they often follow common, recognizable lines. The supporters of tradition and stability, sometimes referred to as conservatives, do battle with the supporters of innovation and reform, sometimes referred to as liberals. Understanding the correlates of those distinct political orientations is probably a prerequisite for managing political disputes, which are a source of social conflict that can lead to frustration and even bloodshed. A rapidly growing body of empirical evidence documents a multitude of ways in which liberals and conservatives differ from each other in purviews of life with little direct connection to politics, from tastes in art to desire for closure and from disgust sensitivity to the tendency to pursue new information, but the central theme of the differences is a matter of debate. In this article, we argue that one organizing element of the many differences between liberals and conservatives is the nature of their physiological and psychological responses to features of the environment that are negative. Compared with liberals, conservatives tend to register greater physiological responses to such stimuli and also to devote more psychological resources to them. Operating from this point of departure, we suggest approaches for refining understanding of the broad relationship between political views and response to the negative. We conclude with a discussion of normative implications, stressing that identifying differences across ideological groups is not tantamount to declaring one ideology superior to another.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.title Differences in negativity bias underlie variations in political ideology
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Behavioral and Brain Sciences
dc.subject.keywordattitudes
conservatives
liberals
negativity
physiology
psychology
politics
dc.citation.volumeNumber 37
dc.contributor.publisher Cambridge University Press
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X13001192
dc.identifier.pmid 24970428
dc.type.publication publisher version
dc.citation.firstpage 297
dc.citation.lastpage 307
dc.identifier.citation Hibbing, John R., Smith, Kevin B. and Alford, John R.. "Differences in negativity bias underlie variations in political ideology." Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, (2014) 297-307. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X13001192.


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