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Caught in the Middle: Response Dynamics of Political Partisan Conspiracy Theories and Independent Responders

Abstract Political party identification has an immense influence on shaping individual attitudes and processes of reasoning to the point where otherwise knowledgeable people endorse political conspiracies that support one's political in-group and simultaneously disparage an out-group. Although recent research has explored this tendency among partisans, less is known about how Independents respond in comparison. Previous research fails to identify the Independent as a unique type of voter, but rather categorizes this group as ostensibly partisan, not a separate phenomenon to investigate. However, most Independents purport neutrality and, by recent polls, are becoming a substantial body worthy of concerted focus. Many questions arise about who Ind... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Johnson, Chelsea K. (Author) / Duran, Nicholas D (Advisor) / Robles-Sotelo, Elias (Committee member) / Hall, Deborah (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology / Experimental psychology / Cognition / Conspiracy / Decision-making / Dynamic / Mouse-tracking / Partisanship
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 80 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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