Who are we?

We are primarily 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.

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Belief System Networks

Can we understand belief systems as systems?


Why do people see the status quo as legitimate?

Morality and Moralization

How do things become moralized?

Worldview Conflict

How is ideology related to prejudice?

Improving Psychological Science

How can we improve psychological science?

Minority Politics

Interdisciplinary network of faculty and students studying minority politics at Michigan State University

The Lab



Mark J. Brandt

Principal Investigator

Grad Students


Abby Cassario

PhD Student


Mehmet Tunc

PhD Student


Shree Vallabha

PhD Student


Rabia Kodapanakkal

Former PhD Student

Nina Spalti

Former PhD Student

Fieke Wagemans

Former PhD Student