politics-origPolitical ideology is one of the Contexts In which we study Motivation And Goals at the MAGIC lab. In ongoing research, for instance, we ask the question, what motivates people to support the principle of democracy, even when doing so goes against their own interests? Is it their concern for equality, and their moral view that every person deserves a say in how our nation is governed? Or is it a pragmatic strategy, driven by a belief that many voices make better decisions? And what does that say about how different kinds of people handle information about their own society’s level of democracy?

In another line of work, we are currently exploring how people handle perspective-taking in their ideological conversations. Stay tuned for results soon!

*A good deal of current research in the lab focuses on this topic*


Heltzel, G., & Laurin, K. (in press). Polarization in America: Two possible futures. Current Opinion in Behavioral Science.

Laurin, K. (2018). Inaugurating rationalization: Three field studies find increased rationalization when anticipated realities become current. Psychological Science, 29, 483-495.

Kreps, T. A., Laurin, K., & Merritt, A. C. (2017). Hypocritical Flip-Flop, or Courageous Evolution? When Leaders Change Their Moral Minds. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 730-752.