Need for Closure and Political Orientation Among German University Students
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In terms of the relationship between political orientation & cognitive functioning, Need for Closure Scale data from 93 German students at the U of Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, support Theodor Adorno et al's (1950) hypothesis stating that the relationship is positive & linear for right-wing orientations. Not supported was the hypothesis that individuals at the extremes of the political spectrum exhibit greater political sophistication than mainstream individuals. Results may be explained as a consequence of the inherent ambiguity of rigid thinking about political issues. It is concluded that future research ought to investigate when linear or U-shaped associations between these variables can be expected. 7 References. D. M. Ryfe;Tests competing hypotheses about the relationship between general political orientation and differences in cognitive functioning. Finds that a direct relationship between right-wing orientation and closed cognitive constructs best fits the data. Notes that these findings contradict other recent studies that support a curvilinear relationship between political extremism and cognitive styles. (DSK);
federal republic of germany
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