- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Theoretical Foundations of Political Psychology
- Personality Approaches to Political Behavior
- Childhood and Adult Political Development
- Degrees of Rationality in Politics
- Behavioral Decision-Making
- Emotion and Political Psychology
- Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Political Psychology
- Genetic Foundations of Political Behavior
- Political Rhetoric
- Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
- Perceptions and Image Theory in International Relations
- Threat Perception in International Relations
- Crisis Management
- Personality Profiles of Political Elites
- Psychobiography: “the Child is Father of the man”
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Political Information Processing
- Political Communication: Form and Consequence of the Information Environment
- Political Ideology
- Social Justice
- Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics
- Political Deliberation
- From Group Identity to Political Cohesion and Commitment
- Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action
- Prejudice and Politics
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- Discrimination <i>Conditions, Consequences, and “Cures”</i>
- The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews research from public opinion, political behavior, and political psychology that seeks to answer the question: Does how people think about politics influence what they think? This chapter takes particular interest in the individual-level psychological processes that give rise to particular political opinions. Its emphasis on the cognitive psychology of opinion formation distinguishes its approach from social-process models of ideological thinking and from more traditional class-based or self-interest models. Recent research on the processes that stand behind political behavior has made an important distinction between automatic and controlled thought, and this dual-process approach helps guide the chapter.
Charles S. Taber (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a Professor of Political Science, Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost of Graduate Education at Stony Brook University. His research interests include political psychology and public opinion, international relations and foreign policy decision-making, and computational models of political cognition. Most recently, Taber has worked on emotions and political information processing, the formation and updating of preferences, and psychological reactions to terrorism, race, and immigration. Taber’s recent articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, Political Psychology, and Political Analysis.
Everett Young received his PhD in political science from Stony Brook University in 2009. He has taught courses in political psychology, American politics, and methodology at Florida State University and Washington University in St. Louis. He resides in Tallahassee, FL.
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