Cognitive underpinnings of nationalistic ideology in the context of Brexit

  title={Cognitive underpinnings of nationalistic ideology in the context of Brexit},
  author={Leor Zmigrod and Peter J. Rentfrow and Trevor William Robbins},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={E4532 - E4540}
Significance Belief in rigid distinctions between the nationalistic ingroup and outgroup has been a motivating force in citizens’ voting behavior, as evident in the United Kingdom’s 2016 EU referendum. We found that individuals with strongly nationalistic attitudes tend to process information in a more categorical manner, even when tested on neutral cognitive tasks that are unrelated to their political beliefs. The relationship between these psychological characteristics and strong… 

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