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On Being a Mindful Authoritarian: Is Need for Cognition Always Associated with Greater Tolerance of Deviant and Stigmatized Groups?
Political Psychology
  • Kim-Pong TAM, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Angela K. Y. LEUNG, Singapore Management University
  • Chi-Yue CHIU, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
1-2008
Abstract

Previous research shows that the motivation to be mindful is associated with less intolerance toward deviant and stigmatized groups. The present research examines authoritarianism as a possible moderator of this seemingly robust finding. We obtained consistent evidence from two studies that authoritarianism (right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation) moderates the relationship between need for cognition and punitiveness. Among low authoritarians, need for cognition was negatively associated with punitiveness and dispositional attribution of crimes and positively associated with support for rehabilitation of criminals. However, among high authoritarians, the pattern reversed. These results are discussed in the context of some recent advances in the understanding of motivated social cognition.

Keywords
  • Motivated social cognition,
  • Need for cognition,
  • Punitiveness,
  • Right-wing authoritarianism,
  • Social dominance
Identifier
10.1111/j.1467-9221.2007.00613.x
Publisher
Wiley
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Additional URL
http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2007.00613.x
Citation Information
Kim-Pong TAM, Angela K. Y. LEUNG and Chi-Yue CHIU. "On Being a Mindful Authoritarian: Is Need for Cognition Always Associated with Greater Tolerance of Deviant and Stigmatized Groups?" Political Psychology Vol. 29 Iss. 1 (2008) p. 77 - 91 ISSN: 0162-895X
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kayeeangela_leung/22/