Distinguished Professor of Psychology | University of Maryland, College Park
I am a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, where I direct the Motivated Cognition Laboratory at the Department of Psychology. Among the projects the lab is currently pursuing are violent extremism, political activism, the quest for significance, coping with uncertainty, and closed-mindedness. Our research uses a variety of methods, including lab experiments, neuroscience techniques, computer modeling, text analyses, and surveys. Our laboratory collaborates closely with the Sapienza University of Rome (in Italy); the Jagiellonian University (in Krakow, Poland); the University of Groningen (in the Netherlands); Nanyang Technological University (in Singapore); and New York University Abu Dhabi.
The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Networks
'I would have benefited significantly from this research. I consider it a must read for all those engaged in the war of ideas, and committed to fighting this pernicious and impending global threat”
-John R. Allen, General, USMC (Ret.), former Commander, NATO ISAF and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (2011-2013) and Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State
Szumowska, E., Wojcik, N., Schwed, P. & Kruglanski, A.W. (in press) Say who? Credibility Effects in Self-Verification Strivings. Psychological Science.
Pica, G. Milyavsky, M., Pierro, A., & Kruglanski, A.W. (in press). The Epistemic Bases of Changes of Opinion and Choices:The Joint Effects of the Need for Cognitive Closure, Ascribed Epistemic Authority and Quality of Advice. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Szumowska, E. & Kruglanski, A.W. (in press). The psychology of getting busy: Multitasking as a consequence of goal activation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Jasko, K, Webber, D. Molinario, E. & Kruglanski, A.W. (in press). Ideological Extremism among Syrian Refugees Is Negatively Related to Intentions to Migrate to the West. Psychological Science.
Kruglanski, A.W., Szumowska, E. & Kopetz. C.E. (in press). The call of the wild: How extremism happens. Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Jasko, K., Grzymala-Maoszczynska, J., Maj, M., Szastok, M. & Kruglanski, A.W. (2020). Making Americans feel great again? Personal significance predicts political intentions of losers and winners of the 2016 U.S. elections. Political Psychology. PDF
Webber, D., Kruglanski, A., Molinario, E., Jasko, K. (2020). Ideologies that justify terrorism and political violence. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 107-111. PDF
Leander, N. P., Kreienkamp, J., Agostini, M., Stroebe, W., Gordijn, E. H., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2020). Biased hate crime perceptions can reveal supremacist sympathies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (32), 19072-19079. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W., Szumowska, E., Kopetz, C., Vallerand, R.J., & Pierro, A. (2020). On the psychology of extremism: How motivational imbalance breeds intemperance. Psychological Review. PDF
Jasko, K., Webber, D., Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M., Taufiqurrohman, M., Hettiarachchi, M., & Gunaratna, R. (2019). Social context moderates the effects of quest for significance on violent extremism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. PDF
Kruglanski, A. W., Fernandez, J. R., Factor, A. R., & Szumowska, E. (2019). Cognitive mechanisms in violent extremism. Cognition, 188, 116-123. PDF
Kruglanski, A. W., Fishbach, A., Woolley, K., Bélanger, J. J., Chernikova, M., Molinario, E., & Pierro, A. (2018). A structural model of intrinsic motivation: On the psychology of means-ends fusion. Psychological Review, 125(2), 165-182. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W., Jasko, K., Chernikova, M., Milyavsky, M. Babush, M., Baldner, C. & Pierro, A. (2016). The rocky road from attitudes to behaviors: Charting the goal systemic course of actions. Psychological Review. PDF
Kruglanski, A. W., Chernikova, M., Rosenzweig, E., & Kopetz, C. (2014). On motivational readiness. Psychological Review, 121(3), 367. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W., Belanger, J., Chen, X., Kopetz, C. Pierro, A. & Mannetti, L. (2012). The Energetics of Motivated Cognition: A Force Field Analysis. Psychological Review, 119, 1-20. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W., & Gigerenzer, G. (2011). Intuitive and deliberate judgments are based on common principles. Psychological Review, 118, 97-109. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W., Pierro, A., Mannetti, L. & DeGrada, E. (2006). Groups as epistemic providers: Need for closure and the unfolding of group centrism. Psychological Review, 113, 84-100. PDF
Kruglanski, A.W. & Webster, D.M. (1996). Motivated closing of the mind: "Seizing" and "freezing". Psychological Review, 103, 263283. PDF
Kruglanski, A. (1980). Lay epistemologic process and contents: Another look at attribution theory. Psychological Review, 87, 7087. PDF
Kruglanski, A. (1975). The endogenousexogenous partition in attribution theory. Psychological Review, 82, 3 87406. PDF
Press and Opinion Editorials
September 11, 2021
20 Jahre 9/11: Warum tun Menschen so etwas?
June 4, 2021
Was ist psychologischer Extremismus, Herr Kruglanski?
May 6, 2021
Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold
April 20, 2021
Post-riot effort to tackle extremism in the military largely overlooks veterans
April 14, 2021
A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Arie Kruglanski about our need for cognitive closure during COVID-19
March 11, 2021
How the quest for significance and respect underlies the white supremacist movement, conspiracy theories and a range of other problems
March 2, 2021
Why Have So Many Recent Extremist Events Involved Ohioans?
February 18, 2021
Psychologist details historic ties between pandemics and extremism
February 16, 2021
Pandemics have spawned extremist movements since ancient times
January 13, 2021
Extremism then and now. My discussion with USSMH historian Dr. Patricia Heberer Rite
January 12, 2021
Arie Kruglanski: One Survivor's Quest to Make the World a Better Place
Yael Luttwak & Megan Maggi
January 18, 2021
Experts discuss whether Biden can unite the country (third clip)
January 17, 2021
Joe Biden's Options for Dealing with Donald Trump are Worse than Watergate
January 15, 2021
Insurrection at the Capitol: The Escalating Radicalization of American Politics
January 11, 2021
What drives the pro-Trump mob
Understanding that psychology may allow us to mitigate and prevent far-right extremism.
June 9, 2020
State of Global Emergency: Rising Social Tensions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 20, 2020
3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing who we are
September 12, 2019
Are Syrian Refugees a Danger to the West?
August 7, 2019
How to Talk About People Disengaging from Violent Extremism
August 6, 2019
Rehabilitation of Violent Extremists
July 19, 2019
Are Syrian Refugees a Danger to the West?
June 18, 2019
Radicalization as 3Ns
November 2, 2018
The psychology of how someone becomes radicalized
November 1, 2018
Psychology of Violent Extremism
April 20, 2018
Reducing Prejudice through Empathy
moderated by David Gregory, CNN analyist
February 12, 2018
Countering Violent Extremism
January 9, 2018
Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Tale of 3 Myths
September 27, 2017
How to Fight Extremist Psychology with Social Media
September 15, 2017
Why do People Believe Fake News?
November 11, 2016
The Price of Certainty
September 7, 2016
15 Years of Terror
August 30 , 2016
What Makes a Terrorist (“Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” Season 7 Episode 1)
April 30, 2013
Why We Need Answers
Dr. Arie W. Kruglanski
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