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A Note on the Perverse Effects of Actively Open-Minded Thinking on Climate-change Polarization

Research & Politics, October-December 2016: 1-5

Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 563

5 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2016 Last revised: 20 Nov 2016

Dan M. Kahan

Yale University - Law School

Jonathan Corbin

University of Richmond

Date Written: August 7, 2016

Abstract

This research note presents evidence that political polarization over the reality of human-caused climate change increases in tandem with individuals’ scores on a standard measure of Actively Open-minded Thinking. This finding is at odds with the position that attributes political conflict over facts to a personality trait of closed-mindedness associated with political conservatism.

Keywords: actively open minded thinking, cultural cognition, climate change, motivated reasoning, political polarization, decision science

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Kahan, Dan M. and Corbin, Jonathan, A Note on the Perverse Effects of Actively Open-Minded Thinking on Climate-change Polarization (August 7, 2016). Research & Politics, October-December 2016: 1-5; Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 563. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2819820

Dan M. Kahan (Contact Author)

Yale University - Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.culturalcognition.net/kahan

Jonathan Corbin

University of Richmond ( email )

28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States

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