Nicholson Paper Forthcoming at JESP

July 24, 2017

Department Chair Professor Stephen Nicholson's paper "The Hidden Appeal and Aversion to Political Conspiracies as Revealed in the Response Dynamics of Partisans" has just been accepted at the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Congratulations Professor Nicholson and co-authors!

The study captures subtle processing dynamics that occur when people endorse or disavow political conspiracies by using a mouse-tracking paradigm. The study reveals that participants' arm movements as they provided “true” or “false” answers to political conspiracy statements, are modulated by whether participants identified with the Republican or Democratic parties. Political conspiracies may tap into hidden biases at odds with each other, such that, even for nonbelievers of a particular conspiracy, there is an implicit appeal for ideologically-aligned conspiracies driven by motivated reasoning biases, and for believers, an implicit aversion to the same conspiracies driven by accuracy and self-presentation needs.

Contact Political Science

Political Science Chair
Stephen P. Nicholson, Professor
 
Political Science (General)
 
Political Science (Graduate)
 
Political Science Mailing Address
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
 
The first new American research
university in the 21st century, with a
mission of research, teaching and service.
 
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
T: (209) 228-4400
 
University of California, Merced

 

Go to top