Convergence: Connecting Levels of Analysis in Psychological Science
 In the past, our field harbored distinct, and often competing, schools of thought that tackled different problems and produced findings that often appeared to diverge. Today, investigators attack shared problems at complementary levels of analysis and produce results that converge. Studies of people in a social world; mental systems of cognition and emotion; and biological mechanisms of the genome and the nervous system interconnect and yield an integrated psychological science. The APS 23rd Annual Convention displays, and celebrates, these advances in our field.

Invited Symposium

Political Ideology 'From the Bottom Up': Origins, Manifestations, Consequences

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 1:30 PM - 2:50 PM

John  T. Jost Chair: John T. Jost
New York University

John T. Jost in the news: The Chronicle (Jan 29, 2012).

Scientists have made remarkable discoveries concerning the genetic origins, neurocognitive manifestations, and societal consequences of ideology following Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, and Sulloway’s (2003) model of motivated social cognition. Right- (vs. left-) wing orientation is associated with sensitivity to uncertainty and threat and larger amygdala volume, needs for order and smaller anterior cingulate volume, resistance to change, rationalization of inequality, and system justification.

Geraint Rees

Political Attitudes and Brain Structure
Geraint Rees
University College, London, United Kingdom

Christian Kandler

Genetic and Environmental Sources of Left-Right Political Orientation: The Roles of Personality, Assortative Mating, and Generation-Specific Context Effects
Christian Kandler
Universität Bielefeld, Germany

Christopher M. Federico

Ideological Asymmetries in the Political Expression of Needs for Certainty and Order
Christopher M. Federico
University of Minnesota

Riley E. Dunlap

Political Ideology and Global Warming: The Dismissal of Climate Change by Conservative Americans
Riley E. Dunlap
Oklahoma State University

Subject Area: Social

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