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Are these uncertain times drawing us into a cycle of dogma and prejudice?

25 January 2017

New research investigates whether atheists, as well as religious believers, have a tendency to cling to dogmatic beliefs during times of uncertainty.

Aiming to build on previous studies that have shown how the dogmatic beliefs of strong religious believers are able to allay fears during times of uncertainty, researchers at Jagiellonian University in Poland have investigated whether similar phenomena is present with atheists.

Presented in the British Journal of Psychology, the new research suggests that dogmatic atheists are also motivated by the need for certainty and prejudiced towards threatening groups during uncertain times.

Led by Malgorzata Kossowska, the researchers have suggested that their findings could have interesting implications for understanding political orientations and prejudices.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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