Educating the Public on Evidence-based methods for improving inter-group civility.

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Our mission at CivilPolitics.org is to educate groups and individuals who are trying to bridge moral divisions by connecting them with scientific research in this domain. We provide a platform that enables an exchange of evidence-based best practices, hypotheses, and ideas among partners. We do this in three primary ways: 1) Education on scientific research […]

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What is Civility?

Civility as we pursue it is the ability to disagree productively with others, respecting their sincerity and decency. By civility we do NOT mean agreement. We think citizens are well served when political parties represent different viewpoints and then compete vigorously to recruit voters to their side. Based on decades of social science research, we […]

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Who We Are

Civil Politics non-profit organization that is run by a group of academics whose expertise lies in the use of data to understand moral psychology.  We regularly publish articles in scientific journals concerning the antecedents and consequences of specific moral views.  You can read some of our publications here, here, and here.  An article about our […]

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Putting Interventions to the Test: A Comparison of Five Techniques to Reduce Partisan Hostility

The growing hostility between liberals and conservatives in the United States is a known problem to many.  However, what to do about it is much less clear.  Various groups, such as the Asteroids Club and the Village Square, have developed their own techniques for promoting civility between the opposing parties.    What my collaborators Matt Motyl, […]

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Want to Reduce Political Extremism? Ask How Instead of Why

1. What They Did – Intervention Summary:  All participants began by rating their positions on six political policies. They then self-assessed their understanding of these policies using a series of 7-point rating scales. Next, some participants were asked to explain in detail how one of the policies works, while other participants were asked only to […]

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Self-Affirmation: The Key to Communication

1. What They Did – Summary:           This study, primarily focused on effects of self-affirmation in the face of counterarguments and values, solely recruited participants who identified as “patriots.” Within a 2×2 study design, the patriots were placed into one of two separate conditions: a convictions salient condition and a rationality […]

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Affirmation of Political Beliefs and Mood

1. What They Did – Intervention Summary:      Participants were paired face-to-face with a real person whom they believed to hold an opposing belief on an issue about which they cared deeply.  These people were, in fact, confederates — they played the role of an adversary and offered arguments and proposals to the study […]

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Our goal is to educate the public about social science research on improving inter-group relations across moral divides.