Sociopolitical ideology is a powerful force in peoples’ lives. In our lab, we study the antecedents of, correlates and outcomes associated with sociopolitical ideologies, including authoritarianism and political orientation (e.g. conservatism vs. liberalism). More recently, studies in our lab have been investigating the relation between ideology and cognitive ability, prejudice, risk-taking, threat sensitivity, and collective action.
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.