This book focuses on the social psychology of belief systems and how they influence perceptions of reality. These belief systems, from politics to religion to science, not only shape one’s thoughts and views but also can be the cause of conflict and disagreement over values, particularly when they are enacted in political policies.
In Belief Systems and the Perceptions of Reality, editors Bastiaan T. Rutjens and Mark J. Brandt examine the social psychological effects at the heart of the conflict by bringing together contributions under five themes: motivated reasoning, inequality, threat, scientists interpreting science, and people interpreting science. This book aims to create a more integrated understanding of reality perception and its connection with belief systems, viewed through the lens of social psychology.
The synthesis of expert contributors as well as the literature around social psychology and belief systems makes this a unique resource for students, researchers and academics in behavioural and social sciences as well as activists and journalists working in this political field.
Current Issues in Social Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state of current and emerging topics of interest in social psychology.
Each volume makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing or synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions. The books are tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.
The series is useful reading for students, academics, and researchers of social psychology and related disciplines. Example topics include: self-esteem, mindfulness, evolutionary social psychology, minority groups, social neuroscience, cyberbullying and social stigma.