tilburg belief systems lab

We are located in the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University. In Fall 2020 we will be located in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. Our goal is to understand ideological and moral beliefs – such as political ideology, racism, 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.

We are currently funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 759320).

selected publications

Brandt, M. J., Sibley, C., & Osborne, D. (2019). What is central to belief system networks. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 1352-1364. [PsyArxiv Preprint | SOM]

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. (2017). Predicting ideological prejudice. Psychological Science, 28, 712-722. [PDF | SOM | Replication Package | Brief Report Replicating Main Results]

Brandt, M. J., Crawford, J. T., & Van Tongeren, D. (2019). Worldview conflict in daily life. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 35-43. [PDF | SOM | Replication Package]


*some replication packages will require you to ask for permission. I always grant permission.