Belief Systems Networks


Prof. Brandt will present recent research conceptualizing attitudes and identities as interactive nodes in political belief systems. Mapping political beliefs as systems is a crucial step in order to understand and tackle important societal problems like opion polarization.

Im Rahmen des Fakultätskolloquiums wird Prof. Dr. Mark Brandt von der Universität Tilburg (Niederlande) einen Vortrag zum Thema Belief Systems Networks halten.

Abstract des Vortrags:

What is the basic structure of belief systems? Clear answers to this fundamental question are not forthcoming. This is because we typically treat a belief system as a theoretical latent variable that causes people’s responses on attitudes and identities relevant to the belief system. This approach cannot assess a system of beliefs because it cannot assess the network of connections between the beliefs that make up the system; it collapses across them and the interrelationships are lost. In this talk, I will present new work where I conceptualize and analyze attitudes and identities as interactive nodes in a network. With this approach and representative survey data, I examine several important questions in research on political belief systems: (Q1) What is central to belief systems (A1: identities)? (Q2) What parts of the belief system are most relevant for behavior (A2: identities)? (Q3) How many dimensions do belief systems have (A3: substantially more than 2)? (Q4) Does the structure of belief systems differ for people with more or less political interest or education (A4: not really)? (Q5) How do feelings of threat and anxiety get into the belief system (A5: there is little consistency). These questions (and preliminary answers) are an initial step towards taking seriously the idea that belief systems are in fact systems.

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Termin: Mittwoch, 14.11.2018 12.30 - 13.45 Uhr

Raum: Gebäude 5 (PRG), C002

Fakultät für Psychologie | 07.11.2018