Liberals and Conservatives (Mostly) Agree About Who is a Hero

January 12th, 2013 by Jeremy

Spot the moral hero.
Now spot the moral villain.
Would someone who doesn’t share your political views give the same answers?

Che Guevara, Adolf Hitler, Ronald Reagan, and Mother Teresa

To get to the bottom of this issue, my colleagues and I asked people of different political beliefs to judge the moral character of a number of icons. We then tested how much or how little liberals and conservatives agree, and what moral foundations are responsible for their agreements and disagreements.  The surprising finding was just how much the different ideologies agreed.

Download the manuscript, or watch a short video summary of the paper’s main findings

Liberals and Conservatives Agree

The study is in press at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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5 Responses to “Liberals and Conservatives (Mostly) Agree About Who is a Hero”

  1. DontCareAboutYourYoutubeChannel says:

    I’m sure video summaries appeal to some people (and so trendy! Khan Academy!), but can you please post regular text summaries as well? They are much quicker to digest and don’t require headphones if you’re in a communal or office environment. We’re not children. We can read.

  2. Ravi Iyer says:

    For those of you who want to read more, this link has the actual paper.

    http://jeremyfrimer.com/Welcome.html

    …personally, I really liked the video format and I’m hopeful that it will allow classrooms and non-academic oriented audiences to access your content. Thanks, Jeremy!

  3. Thanks for the above comments. Good point… I’ll edit the post to include a link to the manuscript. My apologies for the omission. This video is a bit of an experiment. If it is useful, then I will do the same for future studies. If it’s not so useful, it was an interesting experiment.

  4. DontCareAboutYourYoutubeChannel says:

    Thanks for being so responsive to my whining. Really appreciate it.

  5. chris g says:

    I loved the video option. Would be nice to have a media department at every academic’s disposal. Really nice to see research results directed at a general audience. Maybe we can finally start to escape from the trap of non-scientifically literate journalists.

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