How cognitive psychology influences political affiliation – Sciences

The rise of ideological polarization and political dogmatism has rekindled important questions about the relationship between psychological rigidity and political affiliation. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have looked into the matter.

People who identify more intensely with a camp or a political ideology share an underlying psychological trait: a low level of cognitive flexibility, according to a new study. Because of this "mental rigidity", people find it more difficult to change their thinking or adapt to new environments. This lack of mental flexibility was found in those who had the most fervent beliefs and affiliations, both left and right on the political spectrum.

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