Political ideology as motivated social cognition: Behavioral and neuroscientific evidence

  title={Political ideology as motivated social cognition: Behavioral and neuroscientific evidence},
  author={John T. Jost and David M. Amodio},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
Ideology is a potent motivational force; human beings are capable of committing atrocities (as well as acts of generosity and courage) and sacrificing even their own lives for the sake of abstract belief systems. In this article, we summarize the major tenets of a model of political ideology as motivated social cognition (Jost et al. in Psychol Bull 129:339–375, 2003a, Psychol Bull 129:389–393, 2003b, Person Soc Psychol Bull 33:989–1007, 2007), focusing on epistemic, existential, and relational… 

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