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The Psychological Traits that Underlie Ideology (Grand Rapids)

May 27, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Individuals differ in the way they view political issues. But do liberals, conservatives, libertarians, socialists, authoritarians and other political types differ in their underlying psychological characteristics?

The field of political psychology aims to understand how ideology is influenced by fundamental psychological aspects such as motivation, perception, cognition, information processing, biology, genetics, learning, and socialization. The presentation will explore how political ideology manifests in domains such as assumptions about human nature, social and economic preferences, morality, and explanatory attributions.

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After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Luke Galen, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Luke Galen is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. His areas of research include the study of secularityand nonreligious groups, religious fundamentalism and the psychology of belief and non-belief. He teaches classes on the Psychology of Religion, Controversial Issues in Psychology, and Human Sexuality. He is faculty advisor to the GVSU Center for Inquiry campus group. He is currently working on a co-authored book entitled “Being Secular.”