I study the psychological and biological underpinnings of political attitudes and behavior. My approach to research is interdisciplinary, combining ideas and methods from social psychology, political psychology, and social cognitive neuroscience.
I am interested in the expression of political attitudes, beliefs, and ideology, and how this expression is influenced by situational factors. Much of my current work is focused on understanding how uncertainty interacts with threat to shape political behavior (e.g., political tolerance) and underlying cognitive and neural processing. I am also interested in understanding how and when political ideology functions as a social identity, and what this means for political attitude expression.
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Ethics and Morality
- Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
- Political Psychology
- Prejudice and Stereotyping
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (in press). The uncertainty paradox: Perceived threat moderates the effect of uncertainty on political tolerance. Political Psychology.
- Cunningham, W. A., Johnsen, I. R., & Waggoner, A. S. (2011). Orbitofrontal cortex provides cross-modal valuation of self-generated stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6(3), 286-293.
- Cunningham, W. A., Van Bavel, J. J., & Johnsen, I. R. (2008). Affective flexibility: Evaluative processing goals shape amygdala activity. Psychological Science, 19(2), 152-160.
- Van Bavel, J. J., Packer, D. J., Haas, I. J., & Cunningham, W. A. (2012). The importance of moral construal: Moral versus non-moral construal elicits faster, more extreme, universal evaluations of the same actions. PLoS ONE, 7(11), e48693.
- Polusny, M. A., Ries, B. J., Schultz, J. R., Calhoun, P., Clemensen, L., & Johnsen, I. R. (2008). PTSD symptom clusters associated with physical health and health care utilization in rural primary care patients exposed to natural disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21(1), 75-82.
- Cunningham, W. A., Haas, I. J., & Jahn, A. (2011). Attitudes. In J. Decety & J. T. Cacioppo (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (pp. 212-226). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Emotion and Politics
- Ideology and Morality
- Introduction to Social Psychology
- Power and Politics in America
- Research in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
Ingrid J. Haas
Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior / Department of Political Science
C83 East Memorial Stadium / 531 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska--Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588
- Phone: (402) 472-2173