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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Political Psychology of Climate Change



Start Date

11 Mar 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

11 Mar 2016 2:00 pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

Presented by

John Rolls, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

In the USA, the beliefs of Democrat and Republican voters about whether climate change is occurring, whether humans are responsible, and the measures that should be used to respond to climate destabilisation differ widely. This presentation reviews evidence for a similar politically based polarisation in Australia, and discusses it in the light of the insights of political psychology. At the most fundamental level, the differences arise out of the normal process of human cognition: our attitudes to any input, including a potential threat, are initially determined emotionally. We then use our conscious, deliberative processes to justify our initial, emotionally determined attitudes. The fact that highly consequential political decisions are strongly affected by non-systemic, non-analytical processes receives inadequate attention, but poses enormous challenges for effective democratic response to climate change.

John Rolls is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Barbara Hardy Institute at the University of South Australia. This presentation will be chaired by Associate Professor Kate Crowley from the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

Friday 11 March 2016

1.00pm to 2.00pm

*Law 132 Seminar Room, Faculty of Law Building,Sandy Bay Campus *Please note new venue

All welcome. Contact Dr Louise Grimmer if you require more information or directions to the venue.

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