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Peter Ditto: The Psychology of Political Polarization & Motivated Reasoning


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date March 25, 2019); no calls will be taken.

Peter Ditto, UC Irvine psychology professor, joins us to discuss how motivation, intuition and emotion shape and often bias our social, political, moral, medical and legal judgments. Learn how people make judgments in emotionally charged and motivationally involving situations, and particularly in how emotion and motivation can shape and often bias our reasoning processes and, ultimately, our beliefs about ourselves and the world. Ditto is in town to deliver a speech at the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities.



Peter Ditto, principal investigator at the University of California, Irvine’s Hot Cognition Lab. His research interests include social psychology, human judgement and decision-making, political psychology and moral reasoning.