Our new paper in Political Psychology!

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How do political elections affect the way people feel and why does it matter? Does winning make people more peaceful and benevolent while a defeat leads to hostility and support for violence?

Katarzyna Jasko, Joanna Grzymala-Moszczynska, Marta Maj, Marta Szastok, and Arie Kruglanski investigated those questions in the context of the 2016 US presidential elections. In four studies conducted immediately before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, they found that the less significant supporters of Hillary Clinton and supporters of Donald Trump felt after an imagined or actual electoral failure the more they were willing to engage in peaceful actions against the elected president. However, while significance gain due to an imagined or actual electoral success was related to more benevolent intentions among Hillary Clinton supporters, it was related to more hostile intentions among Donald Trump supporters.

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