Sociopolitical ideology is a power force in peoples’ lives. In our lab, we study the antecedents, correlates and consequences of sociopolitical ideologies. Specifically, we focus on ideologies related to tolerant and intolerant beliefs such as authoritarianism and political conservatism (vs. liberalism). More recently, studies in our lab have been investigating the relation between ideology and cognitive ability, prejudice, risk-taking, and threat sensitivity.
Currently, Dr. Becky Choma (PI) and Dr. Gordon Hodson (Co-PI, Brock University) are exploring whether ideologically-related distress differences explain public policy relevant attitudes and behaviours like opposition to climate-change interventions. This research is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Insight Grant.