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Liberals and conservatives can show similarities in negativity bias

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2014

Mark J. Brandt
Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg 5000 LE, Netherlands. m.j.brandt@tilburguniversity.edu
Geoffrey Wetherell
Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614-3504. gwethere@depaul.edu
Christine Reyna
Department of Psychology, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614-3504. gwethere@depaul.edu


Negativity bias may underlie the development of political ideologies, but liberals and conservatives are likely to respond to threats similarly. We review evidence from research on intolerance, motivated reasoning, and basic psychological threats that suggest liberals and conservatives are more similar than different when confronting threatening groups, situations, and information.

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