Political Chameleons: An Exploration of Conformity in Political Discussions

  title={Political Chameleons: An Exploration of Conformity in Political Discussions},
  author={T. Carlson and Jaime E. Settle},
  journal={Political Behavior},
  • T. Carlson, Jaime E. Settle
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology
  • Political Behavior
  • Individuals do not always express their private political opinions in front of others who disagree. Neither political scientists nor psychologists have been able to firmly establish why this behavior occurs. Previous research has explored, at length, social influence on political attitudes and persuasion. However, the concept of conformity does not involve attitude change or persuasion; it more accurately involves self-censoring to match a socially desirable norm. In an effort to improve our… CONTINUE READING
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