Belief Systems and the Perception of Reality

I’m excited to announce that a new edited volume on Belief Systems and the Perception of Reality is available. Bastiaan Rutjens and I edited this volume to highlight a variety of recent social psychological perspectives about how belief systems color our perceptions of facts. This includes people’s perceptions of inequality, climate change, victimization status, and science. By drawing together several different perspectives, we hope that the volume helps people see links between different types of belief systems and reality perceptions.

Table of contents

  • Introduction, Bastiaan T. Rutjens and Mark J. Brandt
  • 1. What is Right is Right: A Three-part Account of How Ideology Shapes Factual Belief, Megan M. Ringel, Cristian G. Rodriguez, and Peter H. Ditto
  • 2. System-level biases in the production and consumption of information: implications for system resilience and radical change, Erin P. Hennes, Adam J. Hampton, Ezgi Ozgumus, and Thomas J. Hamori
  • 3. Ideology and Perceptions of Inequality, Denise Baron, Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, & Nour Kteily
  • 4. Perceptions of gender inequality in academia: reluctance to let go of individual merit ideology, Romy van der Lee & Naomi Ellemers
  • 5. Populism as political mentality underlying conspiracy theories, Jan-Willem van Prooijen
  • 6. The role of cultural beliefs and existential motivation in suffering perceptions, Daniel Sullivan, Roman Palitsky, and Isaac F. Young
  • 7. Direct and indirect influences of political ideology on perceptions of scientific findings, Sean T. Stevens, Lee Jussim, Stephanie M. Anglin, and Nathan Honeycutt
  • 8. Strategies for promoting strong inferences in political psychology research, Anthony N. Washburn and Linda J. Skitka
  • 9. In genes we trust: on the consequences of genetic essentialism, Anita Schmalor and Steven J. Heine
  • 10. Post-truth, anti-truth, and can’t-handle-the-truth: how responses to science are shaped by concerns about its impact, Robbie M. Sutton, Aino Petterson, and Bastiaan T. Rutjens

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