Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Abstract

The U.S., like much of the world, has been in the throes of political instability. Our aim is to attempt to account for the differences in beliefs that may be responsible for such impasses through a correlational study.

Using the Open-Minded Cognition scale as a measure of open-mindedness, syllogistic reasoning problems to determine Belief-Bias effects, and diverse measures of political beliefs and attitudes, we were able to yield preliminary correlations of the Belief Bias items with P-OMC ( r = .144, p < .05), Openness and Intellect ( r = .150, p < .05), and the Wilson-Patterson Conservatism Scale ( r = -.144, p < .001).

However, these data are pending further review due to participants’ accuracy rates on Belief Bias syllogisms.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Robert Morrison PhD, Department of Psychology

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Open-mindedness, Belief Bias and Political Cognition

The U.S., like much of the world, has been in the throes of political instability. Our aim is to attempt to account for the differences in beliefs that may be responsible for such impasses through a correlational study.

Using the Open-Minded Cognition scale as a measure of open-mindedness, syllogistic reasoning problems to determine Belief-Bias effects, and diverse measures of political beliefs and attitudes, we were able to yield preliminary correlations of the Belief Bias items with P-OMC ( r = .144, p < .05), Openness and Intellect ( r = .150, p < .05), and the Wilson-Patterson Conservatism Scale ( r = -.144, p < .001).

However, these data are pending further review due to participants’ accuracy rates on Belief Bias syllogisms.