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The negativity bias: Conceptualization, quantification, and individual differences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2014

John T. Cacioppo
Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637. Cacioppo@uchicago.edu
Stephanie Cacioppo
High Performance Electrical Neuroimaging Laboratory, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637. Cacioppos@uchicago.edu
Jackie K. Gollan
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611. j-gollan@northwestern.edu


There is an extensive literature on the negativity bias, including its conceptualization, measurement, temporal stability (individual differences), and neural and genetic associations. Hibbing et al. posit that the difference across individuals in the negativity bias is a key factor in determining political predisposition. The measures and paradigms developed in this literature provide a means of testing this hypothesis.

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