The Meandering Social Worker

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Morals, Emotions & Politics

Reported on MNT, and originally reported in Political Psychology, researchers have shown that the emotional arousal of men after watching part Sylvester Stallone’s “Cliffhanger” led to stronger anti-immigration attitudes, compared to two control groups who watched tranquil or non-anxiety inducing videos.  The researchers were aiming to test the observation and belief that “induced anxiety could ‘carry over’ to impact political beliefs, potentially triggering prejudice toward groups such as immigrants. When anxiety levels are high voters are more likely to recall negative experiences with immigrants and interpret ambiguous information in a more negative and threatening manner.”

A lesson for us all, not just the politicians!!

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