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Going to political extremes in response to boredom

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dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-12T12:44:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-12T12:44:54Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6053
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Boredom makes people attempt to re-establish a sense of meaningfulness. Political ideologies, and in particular the adherence to left-versus right-wing beliefs, can serve as a source of meaning. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that boredom is associated with a stronger adherence to left-versus right-wing beliefs, resulting in more extreme political orientations. Study 1 demonstrates that experimentally induced boredom leads to more extreme political orientations. Study 2 indicates that people who become easily bored with their environment adhere to more extreme ends of a political spectrum compared with their less easily bored counterparts. Finally, Study 3 reveals that the relatively extreme political orientations among those who are easily bored can be attributed to their enhanced search for meaning. Overall, our research suggests that extreme political orientations are, in part, a function of boredom's existential qualities. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Journal of Social Psychology;46 (6), pp. 687-699
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2205
dc.rights This is the author accepted version of the following article "Going to political extremes in response to boredom" which has been published in final form in European Journal of Social Psychology" 2016, 46 (6), pp. 687-699, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.2205 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms
dc.subject boredom en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject political orientation en_US
dc.subject ideology en_US
dc.subject existential psychology en_US
dc.title Going to political extremes in response to boredom en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-09-11T15:33:48Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/ejsp.2205
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2694134
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal Of Social Psychology
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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