Will the Real Fundamental Difference Underlying Ideology Please Stand Up? Negativity Bias and the Preference for Coherence Among Attitudes, Communities, and Psychological States

4 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2013

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Matt Motyl

University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago

Ravi Iyer

University of Southern California

Date Written: June 5, 2013

Abstract

Negativity bias explains many ideological differences, yet does not explain research such as conservatives’ greater life satisfaction. Conservatives live in safer communities, perhaps to escape negative emotions, yet display numerous other community preferences unrelated to negativity. This tendency toward cognitive consistency can explain both these phenomena and many of the phenomena described in the target article.

Keywords: negativity bias, ideology, coherence, conservatism, social ecology, life satisfaction, happiness, liberalism, political psychology

Suggested Citation

Motyl, Matt and Iyer, Ravi, Will the Real Fundamental Difference Underlying Ideology Please Stand Up? Negativity Bias and the Preference for Coherence Among Attitudes, Communities, and Psychological States (June 5, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2274862

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Ravi Iyer

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