On being a mindful authoritarian

Is need for cognition always associated with less punitiveness?

Kim Pong Tam*, Angela Ka Yee Leung, Chi Yue Chiu

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Abstract

Previous research shows that the motivation to be mindful is associated with less intolerance toward deviant and stigmatized groups. The present research examines authoritarianism as a possible moderator of this seemingly robust finding. We obtained consistent evidence from two studies that authoritarianism (right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation) moderates the relationship between need for cognition and punitiveness. Among low authoritarians, need for cognition was negatively associated with punitiveness and dispositional attribution of crimes and positively associated with support for rehabilitation of criminals. However, among high authoritarians, the pattern reversed. These results are discussed in the context of some recent advances in the understanding of motivated social cognition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-91
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Psychology
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Tam, Kim Pong ; Leung, Angela Ka Yee ; Chiu, Chi Yue. / On being a mindful authoritarian : Is need for cognition always associated with less punitiveness?. In: Political Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 77-91.
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