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An emotional signature of political ideology: Evidence from two linguistic content-coding studies

Robinson, Michael D and Boyd, Ryan L and Fetterman, Adam K (2014) 'An emotional signature of political ideology: Evidence from two linguistic content-coding studies.' Personality and Individual Differences, 71. pp. 98-102. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

Approach–avoidance frameworks for political ideology have been proposed with increasing frequency. Following such frameworks and a wider motivation–emotion literature, it was hypothesized that political ideology would be predictive of the extent to which anxiety (avoidance-related) versus anger (approach-related) words would be evident in written texts. Study 1 sampled user-generated text within conservative versus liberal Internet chat rooms. After correcting for the greater normative frequency of anger words, a crossover ideology by emotion type interaction was found. Study 2 found a parallel interaction among college students writing about a non-political topic. Political ideology thus has a discrete emotional signature, one favoring anxiety among conservatives and anger among liberals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political ideology; Approach; Avoidance; Linguistic analysis; Anxiety; Anger
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 13:41
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 13:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14974

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