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The Psychology of Political Polarization

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1:00 AM

Lecture Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series
Peter Ditto


Peter Ditto is Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ditto received his B.A. from UCLA in 1982, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1986, both in psychology. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, he was a faculty member at Kent State University until moving to UCI in 1997. Dr. Ditto is an experimental social psychologist whose expertise is in human judgment and decision making. His research has been published in top scientific journals such as Psychological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Science, and focuses on “hot cognition” – how motivation, intuition, and emotion shape (and often bias) our social, political, moral, medical, and legal judgments. Dr. Ditto is a co-founder of the data collection website YourMorals.org and serves on the board of advisors for Civilpolitics.org. His current research is focused on partisan bias, political polarization, and the moral and psychological underpinnings of the “culture war” in contemporary American politics.

WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion716 Stevens AvenuePortland, ME 04103

Assigned Reading

Ditto, P. H., & Liu, B. S., Moral coherence and political conflict. In P. Valdesolo & J. Graham  (Eds.), Social psychology of political polarization (pp. 102-122). (New York: Routledge, 2016)


5 p.m. in the UNE Art Gallery (Portland Campus)


(207) 221-4435
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