Fachbereichskolloquium Psychologie

Dr. Mark Brandt, Tilburg University, Netherlands „Belief System Networks”


20. November 2019 16:00 – 20. November 2019 18:00

R 00019 (Dekanatsaal), Gutenbergstr. 18

Dr. Mark Brandt, Tilburg University, Netherlands

„Belief System Networks”

What is the basic structure of belief systems? Clear answers to this fundamental question are not forthcoming. This is because we typically measure a belief system by averaging across several relevant items and forming a scale (e.g., of conservatism). This approach cannot assess a system of beliefs because it cannot assess the network of connections between the beliefs that make up the system; it collapses across them and the interrelationships are lost. In this talk, I will present new work where I conceptualize and analyze attitudes and identities as interactive nodes in a belief system network. With this approach, representative survey data, and simulation studies, I examine two key questions in research on political belief systems: (Q1) What is central to belief systems and behavior (A1: identities, preprint: https://psyarxiv.com/tyr64/)? (Q2) What belief system structure leads people to become ideologues (i.e. people with consistent and stable belief systems) (A2: dense networks with consistently positive connections)? These questions (and preliminary answers) are an initial step towards taking seriously the idea that belief systems are in fact systems.


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