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Project 13: Allowing expectation violations: Moderators of dealing constructively with disagreements

Prof. Dr. Christopher Cohrs (Social Psychology)

PhD Student: Larissa Knöchelmann

Contexts of political polarization are often characterized by negative stereotypes and enemy images about “opinion-based outgroup members”, which even in light of inconsistent information are maintained through selective and biased information processing. The aim of this project is to investigate what enables people to allow violations of expectations, to broaden their own perspective and to deal with each other in more constructive ways. Possible moderators include epistemic beliefs, subjective theories about the field of debate and the degree of exploration of one's own opinion-based identity.

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