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First-Born Children Are More Likely to Grow Up Into Conservatives

New research from Italy suggests the effect is independent of the ideology of one’s parents.

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We All Know That Inequality Is Growing, but What Should We Do About It?

How you answer that question probably has a lot more to do with your ideology than your income.



Is the Great Recession Creating a Generation of Democrats?

Research suggests it’s entirely possible.



There’s No Place Like My Ideologically Homogeneous Home

Driven by a deep-seated need to belong, Americans are increasingly segregating themselves into ideological enclaves. You’re from Liberalville, I’m from Conservative Corners.



What Is Ideology?

Why do those who support universal health care almost always also desire a ban on assault weapons? Ideology is more than just the sum total of our own individual political beliefs. An ideology is, in some ways, like a coalition of ideas.



You’re Probably Not as Conservative as You Think

New research finds a disconnect between young Americans’ self-proclaimed political ideology and their opinions on actual issues.



White or Black? Conservatives, Liberals See Faces Differently

New research finds people on the political right are quicker to classify a racially ambiguous face as black.



Our Political Parties Have Polarized, But They Have a Lot Further to Go

There are still plenty of moderate congressional districts represented by officials who vote with their constituents in mind—but that could soon change.


Liberal Homeowners Use Less Electricity

New research finds households headed by Democrats use less electricity than those headed by Republicans, apparently due to lower use of air conditioning.



How Much Does Ideology Matter in Elections?

The outcome of the Obama-Romney race was pretty close to what the data had predicted.



Why Conservatives Prefer Walmart to Trader Joe’s

New research finds conservatives tend to prefer name-brand products, and are less willing to purchase new or generic brands.


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On Moral Values, Liberals More Prone to Stereotype Than Conservatives

New research finds people on both sides of the ideological divide caricature the other, but those on the far left are the most guilty.



America’s Increasingly Tribal Electorate

A political scientist explains the disconnect between our moderate policy views and our intense hatred for the other side.


A Simple Way to Get Conservatives to Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

According to new research, changing the way the issue of income inequality is framed moves conservatives closer to a liberal position.


Social Networks Degrade Political Thinking

New research links suggests that discussing issues with a close-knit group can dampen the sophistication of one’s thinking on politics and public policy.


How to Raise a Little Liberal (or Conservative)

New research provides confirmation of a decades-old theory: children raised by authoritarian parents are more likely to grow up into right-wingers.


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Why You’re Voting That Way


Red ‘Facts,’ Blue ‘Facts’: The Psychology of Truthiness

New research finds our moral convictions strongly influence what facts we choose to believe regarding a given issue.


Brain Choices

Red States, Blue States, Gray Matter

Researchers report people’s attitudes toward moral issues can be traced in part to differences in the structure of their brains.


Liberal, Conservative, or Charitable

Liberal, Conservative, or Charitable: Politics Underpins How We Give

It’s not just super PACs—politics dictate how we donate to everyday charities, too.


Is Conservatism Our Default Ideology?

New research provides evidence that, when under time pressure or otherwise cognitively impaired, people are more likely to express conservative views.


A Politicized Supreme Court Doesn’t Faze the Public?

Two political scientists review a survey of perceptions about the U.S. Supreme Court and find the public may actually want the justices to trade their black robes for red and blue ones.


Is It Hot in Here? Or Is the Climate Changing?

What’s one way to convert climate change skeptics? By making them sweat.


Divided Government Usually Means Gridlock

There’s likely one area of agreement for both the main political parties in Washington, D.C.: We expect to get little done in the next two years.


Political Leapfrog Hops Over Most Americans

Americans hoping to triangulate their votes to chart a course between the extremes of ideology find their representatives are sailing even faster to the fringes.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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