The role of emotions and identity-protection cognition when processing (mis)information

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Identity-protection cognition proposes that individual belief formation, truth-independent, is shaped by the goal to maintain one’s status within an affinity group. As a result, group-belief-congruent inferences are more likely to be drawn than group-belief-incongruent inferences. Drawing on the increased relevance of emotion in both political science and cognition, we argue that emotional reactio...


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