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tilburg belief systems lab

We are located in the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University. Our goal is to understand ideological and moral beliefs – such as political ideology, religious fundamentalism, and moral conviction – and how they structure attitudes and behaviors, how they provide people with meaning, and why people adopt them in the first place.

selected publications

Brandt, M. J. (2013). Do the disadvantaged legitimize the social system? A large-scale test of the status-legitimacy hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 765-785. [PDF | Replication Package | Footnote 7 Results | Footnote 9 Results | reanalyses suggested by John Jost | powerlessness, rather than low status?]

Brandt, M. J., Evans, A. M., & Crawford, J. T. (2015). The unthinking or confident extremist? Political extremists are more likely to reject experimenter-generated anchors than moderates. Psychological Science, 26, 189-202. [PDF | SOM | Replication Package | Figure 2, Panel A | Coverage in HuffPo]

Brandt, M. J., Reyna, C., Chambers, J., Crawford, J., & Wetherell, G. (2014). The ideological-conflict hypothesis: Intolerance among both liberals and conservatives. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 27-34. [PDF Main Figure]

Brandt, M. J., & Van Tongeren, D. R. (in press). Both high and low on religious fundamentalism are prejudiced towards dissimilar groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [PDF | Replication Package | Coverage by BPS]

Hofmann, W., Wisneski, D. C., Brandt, M. J., & Skitka, L. J. (2014) Morality in everyday life. Science, 345, 1340-1343. [PDFReplication Package | Coverage in NYT, Wired, Science | a critical commentary & our reply]