A Step into the Anarchist’s Mind: Examining Political Attitudes and Ideology through Event-Related Brain Potentials

Dhont, Kristof, Van Hiel, Alain, Pattyn, Sven, Onraet, Emma, Severens, Els (2011) A Step into the Anarchist’s Mind: Examining Political Attitudes and Ideology through Event-Related Brain Potentials. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7 (3). pp. 296-303. ISSN 1749-5016. (doi:10.1093/scan/nsr009) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The present study investigates patterns of event-related brain potentials following the presentation of attitudinal stimuli among political moderates (N?=?12) and anarchists (N?=?11). We used a modified oddball paradigm to investigate the evaluative inconsistency effect elicited by stimuli embedded in a sequence of contextual stimuli with an opposite valence. Increased late positive potentials (LPPs) of extreme political attitudes were observed. Moreover, this LPP enhancement was larger among anarchists than among moderates, indicating that an extreme political attitude of a moderate differs from an extreme political attitude of an anarchist. The discussion elaborates on the meaning of attitude extremity for moderates and extremists.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/scan/nsr009
Uncontrolled keywords: brain anarchism ERP extremism ideology political attitudes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 09:25 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42827 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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