Political preferences and threat perception: opportunities for neuroimaging and developmental research

TitlePolitical preferences and threat perception: opportunities for neuroimaging and developmental research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsLandau-Wells, M., & Saxe R.
JournalCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Volume34
Pagination58 - 63
Date Published08/2020
ISSN23521546
Abstract

People have preferences for how their social environment is organized and governed. One influential explanation of variation in these preferences focuses on individual differences in sensitivity to threats. Recent research demonstrates that this relationship is a function not only of the degree of sensitivity (greater or lesser), but also of the danger in question (i.e. immigration or climate change) and the kind of potential harm it poses (i.e. physical pain or contamination). Since many political issues are not unambiguously of one kind, the structure of an individual’s reactions to perceived political threats is also uncertain. We argue that future research should (i) use functional neuroimaging to test these structures and (ii) investigate the role of social learning in their transmission.

URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2352154619301330
DOI10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.12.002
Short TitleCurrent Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

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