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Research Interests for Christopher Johnston

Research Interests: Political Psychology, Public Opinion, Political Ideology

Professor Johnston teaches courses in public opinion, political behavior, and political methodology, with an emphasis on the application of psychological theory and methods to mass politics. His teaching and research examines the motivational underpinnings of political judgment and decision making. His articles appear in a wide range of journals in political science, public opinion, and human behavior. He is the co-author of The Ambivalent Partisan: How Critical Loyalty Promotes Democracy (2012, Oxford University Press), which won book of the year in mass politics from the International Society of Political Psychology, and book of the year in political psychology from the American Political Science Association. Professor Johnston is a member of the editorial board for Advances in Political Psychology.

Keywords:
Attitude, Citizenship, Ideology, Individuality, Models, Psychological, Motivation, Partisanship, Personality, Politics, Public Opinion, Voting
Recent Publications
  1. Ollerenshaw, T; Johnston, CD, The Conditional Relationship of Psychological Needs to Ideology, Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 86 no. 2 (June, 2022), pp. 369-380, Oxford University Press (OUP) [doi[abs]
  2. Johnston, CD; Madson, GJ, Negativity bias, personality and political ideology., Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 6 no. 5 (May, 2022), pp. 666-676 [doi[abs]
  3. Guay, B; Johnston, CD, Ideological Asymmetries and the Determinants of Politically Motivated Reasoning, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 66 no. 2 (April, 2022), pp. 285-301 [doi[abs]
  4. Bartels, BL; Johnston, CD, Curbing the Court Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence (August, 2020), pp. 200 pages, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 1107188415 [abs]
  5. Johnston, CD; Newman, BJ; Velez, YR, Erratum: Ethnic change, personality, and polarization over immigration in the American public (Public Opinion Quarterly (2020) DOI: 10.1093/poq/nfv022), Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 84 no. 1 (March, 2020), pp. 182-187 [doi[abs]

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