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PhD Student in experimental social psychology under the supervision of Prs Laurent Bègue and Michael Dambrun

Thesis: Effects of political orientation and ideological environment on destructive obedience

Keywords: obedience to authority, conservatism, socializing justificative cognitions, values conflict, empathy

Research fields: experimental social psychology, social neuroscience, political neuroscience

Our main research interest is to understand the link between ideology and destructive obedience. Through this broad question, our work’s purpose is twofold. First of all, we would like to understand how political orientation (conservatism vs. progressivism) influence destructive obedience. Our second purpose is to understand how ideological environment could contribute to destructive obedience (e.g., values conflict, ingroup superiority and outgoup inferiority beliefs, perceived threat and injustice).

First, we hypothesize that the basic neural, cognitive and motivational processes that underly a person's political orientation should determine the empathic and behavioral responding toward a victim in a situation of obedience to authority. Second, we hypothesize that individuals are deeply affect by their ideological environment as well as by their political orientation, more precisely by several social beliefs providing a social and moral justification to the use of violence ("socializing justificative cognitions"). Third, we hypothesis that both the psychological underpinnings of political orientation and the ideological environment affect obedience behavior by impairing neuro-cognitive empathic abilities.

We are using an immersive video environment based on an original obedience paradigm ("economic obedience paradigm").

The final objective is to propose an integrative model of the antecedents of obedience and disobedience capable to predict when and where destructive obedience occurs, how severe it is, and who participates.

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