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dc.contributor.authorHaas, Ingrid
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez, Frank J.
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-24T18:48:52Z
dc.date.available2021-03-24T18:48:52Z
dc.date.issued2021-02-22
dc.identifier.citationHaas IJ, Baker MN, Gonzalez FJ. 2021 Political uncertainty moderates neural evaluation of incongruent policy positions. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 376: 20200138. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0138en_US
dc.identifier.issn1471-2970
dc.identifier.pmid33611996
dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rstb.2020.0138
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/657189
dc.description.abstractUncertainty has been shown to impact political evaluation, yet the exact mechanisms by which uncertainty affects the minds of citizens remain unclear. This experiment examines the neural underpinnings of uncertainty in political evaluation using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). During fMRI, participants completed an experimental task where they evaluated policy positions attributed to hypothetical political candidates. Policy positions were either congruent or incongruent with candidates’ political party affiliation and presented with varying levels of certainty.Neural activitywas modelled as a function of uncertainty and incongruence. Analyses suggest that neural activity in brain regions previously implicated in affective and evaluative processing (anterior cingulate cortex, insular cortex) differed as a function of the interaction between uncertainty and incongruence, such that activation in these areas was greatest when information was both certain and incongruent, and uncertainty influenced processing differently as a function of the valence of the attached information. These findings suggest that individuals are attuned to uncertainty in the stated issue positions of politicians, and that the neural processing of this uncertainty is dependent on congruence of these positions with expectations based on political party identification. Implications for the study of emotion and politics and political cognition are discussed. This article is part of the theme issue ‘The political brain: neurocognitive and computational mechanisms’.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherRoyal Society Publishingen_US
dc.rights© 2021 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.en_US
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dc.subjectevaluationen_US
dc.subjectuncertaintyen_US
dc.subjectincongruenceen_US
dc.subjectfMRIen_US
dc.subjectpolitical cognitionen_US
dc.subjectpolitical neuroscienceen_US
dc.titlePolitical Uncertainty Moderates Neural Evaluation of Incongruent Policy Positionsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Ben_US
dc.description.note12 month embargo; published: 22 February 2021en_US
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