My research explores the extent that political belief systems can be conceptualized and measured as psychological networks. This research takes the new perspective that attitudes and beliefs might directly and dynamically influence each other rather than indicate an overarching, latent factor (e.g., liberal or conservatism). Through this research I aim to deepen our understanding of the structure of political beliefs and how and why they impact political behaviour.

Lab Publications

  • Brandt, M. J., Turner-Zwinkels, F. M., Karapirinler, B., van Leeuwen, F., Bender, M., van Osch, Y., & Adams, B. G. (2021). The association between threat and politics depends on the type of threat, the political domain, and the country. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 324-343. doi | pdf | code | data
  • Brandt, M. J., Turner-Zwinkels, F. M., & Kubin, E. (2021). Political psychology data from a 26-wave yearlong longitudinal study (2019-2020). Journal of Open Psychology Data, 9, 1-12 doi | pdf | code | data
  • Turner-Zwinkels, F. M. & Brandt, M. J. (2022). Belief system networks can be used to predict where to expect dynamic constraint. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 100, 104279. pdf
  • Turner-Zwinkels, F. M., Sibley, C. G., Johnson, B. B., & Brandt, M. J. (2021). Conservatives moral foundations are more densely connected than liberals’ moral foundations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 167-184. doi | pdf
  • Brandt, M. J. & Turner-Zwinkels, F. M. (2020). No additional evidence that proximity to the July 4th holiday affects affective polarization. Collabra: Psychology, 6, 39. doi | pdf | code | data