A Note on the Perverse Effects of Actively Open-Minded Thinking on Climate-change Polarization
Research & Politics, October-December 2016: 1-5
5 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2016 Last revised: 20 Nov 2016
Date Written: August 7, 2016
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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