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Belief Systems Project

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address: WARANDELAAN 2
postcode: 5037 AB

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙496˙944 €
 EC max contribution 1˙496˙944 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-07-01   to  2023-06-30


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 Project objective

Belief systems research is vital for understanding democratic politics, extremism, and political decision-making. What is the basic structure of belief systems? Clear answers to this fundamental question are not forthcoming. This is due to flaws in the conceptualization of belief systems. The state-of-the-art treats a belief system as a theoretical latent variable that causes people’s responses on attitudes and values relevant to the belief system. This approach cannot assess a belief system because it cannot assess the network of connections between the beliefs–attitudes and values–that make up the system; it collapses across them and the interrelationships are lost.

The Belief Systems Project conceptualizations belief systems as systems of interconnecting attitudes and values. I conceptualize attitudes and values as interactive nodes in a network that are analysed with network analyses. With these conceptual and empirical tools, I can understand the structure and dynamics of the belief system and will be able to avoid theoretical pitfalls common in belief system assessments. This project will move belief systems research beyond the state-of-the-art in four ways by:

1. Mapping the structure of systems of attitudes and values, something that is not possible using current methods. 2. Answering classic questions about central concepts and clustering of belief systems. 3. Modeling within-person belief systems and their variations, so that I can make accurate predictions about partisan motivated reasoning. 4. Testing how external and internal pressures (e.g., feelings of threat) change the underlying structure and dynamics of belief systems.

Using survey data from around the world, longitudinal panel studies, intensive longitudinal designs, experiments, and text analyses, I will triangulate on the structure of political belief systems over time, between countries, and within individuals.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Rabia I. Kodapanakkal, Mark J. Brandt, Christoph Kogler, Ilja van Beest
Self-interest and data protection drive the adoption and moral acceptability of big data technologies: A conjoint analysis approach
published pages: 106303, ISSN: 0747-5632, DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2020.106303
Computers in Human Behavior 108 2020-03-05
2019 Mark J. Brandt, Jarret T. Crawford
Studying a Heterogeneous Array of Target Groups Can Help Us Understand Prejudice
published pages: 292-298, ISSN: 0963-7214, DOI: 10.1177/0963721419830382
Current Directions in Psychological Science 28/3 2020-03-05
2020 Jarret T Crawford, Mark J Brandt
Ideological (A)symmetries in prejudice and intergroup bias
published pages: 40-45, ISSN: 2352-1546, DOI: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.11.007
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 34 2020-03-05
2019 Mark J. Brandt, Chris G. Sibley, Danny Osborne
What Is Central to Political Belief System Networks?
published pages: 1352-1364, ISSN: 0146-1672, DOI: 10.1177/0146167218824354
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 45/9 2020-03-05
2019 Anthony M. Evans, Mark J. Brandt
Comparing the Effects of Hypothetical Moral Preferences on Real-Life and Hypothetical Behavior: Commentary on Bostyn, Sevenhant, and Roets (2018)
published pages: 1380-1382, ISSN: 0956-7976, DOI: 10.1177/0956797618815482
Psychological Science 30/9 2020-02-28

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